Water is important for every process in the body. It’s also key to keeping us alert, energized, and has been shown to be important for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Look for signs of dehydration early.

  1. Don’t avoid headaches: although there are many reasons for headaches, they are often a sign of dehydration. This can accompany nausea and weakness as well. Start your morning with 8-16 oz of water to rehydrate after the night.
  2. If you’re out in the hot weather and are not sweating, there is a good chance you’re dehydrated. Also drink water before, during, and after any type of activity.
  3. Hunger is a great indicator of thirst; if feeling hungry at an odd time, try drinking a large glass of water first before giving into snacking
  4. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, this is already too late in the dehydration process. Each person is different in the amount of water they need. Pay attention to urine color. Urine should be clear or light lemonade colored, never amber.
  5. Summer makes for a lot of outdoor events, including BBQs, parties, and sporting events. Always carry a bottle of water with you. Try to make sure to drink 8-12 oz at each meal to make sure you’re hydrating well. If drinking alcohol or other sugary drinks, try to alternate between those and water so you are rehydrating.