Summer is that time of year filled with exciting outdoor activities and highly anticipated family vacations that usually take place in the blistering summer sun.  With the hot summer months rapidly approaching, you may be wondering how you and your loved ones can stay properly hydrated this year. While drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, it’s not the only way.  Maintaining the right levels of electrolytes and carbohydrates, and consuming the right foods, can also aid in proper hydration.

Water is Key

The human body is made up of approximately 60% water and needs to be properly hydrated throughout the day to reach its maximum potential.  A few hours before bed you should drink plenty of water so that the eight hours spent sleeping and not drinking anything won’t leave you waking up in a dehydrated state.  Upon waking, be sure to drink a glass or two to start off your day.  If you are planning to participate in any energy-demanding activity, drink plenty of water during and rehydrate after it’s over.

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