Why everyone should hit the water this summer
Staying properly hydrated is important to our overall health, and plain drinking water is an inexpensive, calorie-free way to give our bodies what they need.
Drinking water is about more than simply quenching our thirst, especially as we enter the hottest stretch of the year. High temperatures, humidity and exposure to direct sunlight can increase our risk for dehydration and heat illness. This is especially true for outdoor workers and those who work around indoor heat sources such as ovens and other manufacturing equipment.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends workers drink 1 cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes as a general rule of thumb.
Some suggestions include:
- Remember to drink water frequently before we get thirsty
- Make sure water is available as an alternative to sugary drinks
Drinking enough water every day can also help us reach and maintain a healthy weight, stay mentally alert, and energized to perform our best.
Here are links to resources to help you spread the word about the benefits of staying hydrated.
The basics of water and nutrition and the benefits of water in maintaining a healthy weight from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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