Summer is in full swing! The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting hotter. Cool beverages are a summertime favorite, and they are essential for staying hydrated. There is no better beverage for the body than water. Adequate hydration is important, our bodies depend on it. Water flushes toxins from the body, maintains cell health, and allows the body to function properly. Dehydration can have negative effects on the body and drain your energy. The daily amount of water needed to stay hydrated may vary depending on the individual, but the Mayo Clinic recommends that the average person drink about 9-13 cups (2.2-3 liters) of fluids per day.
While trying to keep hydrated, many people make the mistake of drinking too much water at mealtimes. For better digestion, drink your water with out ice, and only take sips during your meal. 4 oz max. Too much water, especially cold water, during time of consuming your food can dilute your digestive enzymes and slow digestion. Room temp water or hot tea are the best options so your digestive system doesn’t have to work to warm up the chyme (partly digested mass that will pass from your stomach to the small intestine). If you’re trying to increase your water intake, wait to drink larger amounts until at least an hour after eating a larger meal! If you are eating concentrated nutrients rich in fiber such as a nutrition Lifebar, or anything with dehydrated ingredients, drinking water with it is encouraged because hydration is needed to support moving a lot of fiber through the digestive system!
Until next time, stay well and keep Thriving!