By Laine Giovanniello
Hydration is important to people of all ages. Dehydration happens when your body has lost too much water without replacing it, preventing your body to perform its natural functions. Dehydration can even sometimes be life-threatening.
Many people forget to stay hydrated even when they are not playing a sport or exercising. Studies say that you should always have water with you and drink even when you’re not thirsty. When you sweat your body loses water, so it’s extremely important to have even more water than usual when you exercise.
Here is a hydration plan that I try my best to follow everyday:
1. Drink 50% of your body weight a day in ounces (or 40 ounces, whatever is greater).
2. DO NOT drink just water, as this will dilute essential vitamins needed to perform at top condition. Drink a combination of spring water, milk, juice, green tea, Gatorade, & PowerAde. (If you’re an athlete, you should have a sports drink for the potassium and sodium)
3. Make a commitment to no soda or iced tea.
4. Add 8 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise.
5. To be affective you must keep track of your ounce intake and space it out throughout the day. DO NOT drink 2-3 times daily and consume large amount of liquid.
6. It is fine to exceed the number of ounces per day.
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