7 Delicious Ways to Stay Hydrated

Though we all know our bodies need water to survive, it’s easy to forget just HOW important it is to our health to be well hydrated.

Did you know that water makes up more than half of our body weight? Every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to function properly. Water is critical for maintaining the right body temperature, removing waste, lubricating joints, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells, moistening our tissues, and so much more.

But how much should we be drinking? Many health professionals recommend “8 glasses a day,” or half your body weight in water.

However there is really no solid research backing up any of these theories.  The best way to gauge if you are on the right track is to check your urine. If it’s clear, pale or straw-colored, you are doing a great job. If it’s darker than that, keep drinking!

Whether you are looking for a refreshing change from plain water to keep your basic hydration needs met, or are interested in a healthier alternative to commercial sports and energy drinks, there is something for everyone here.

Those with an (E) next to them indicate they have some electrolytes and a small amount of natural sugar, and may be used as a gatorade-type replacement.

Infuse with fruits, veggies and/or herbs To upgrade the flavor factor in plain water, simply add a variety of fruits and/or veggies such as lemons, limes, cucumber, mint, berries, etc. Infuse with essential oils We LOVE LOVE LOVE our essential oils to add flavor and a nutrition boost to our water OR seltzer. Some top favorites are lemon, lime, tangerine, wild orange, and grapefruit.

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