Healthy Hydration Tips
Wednesday June 15, 2011
As temperatures rise, water plays a critical role in maintaining good health. Each day, Louisville Water produces over 127 million gallons of Louisville Pure Tap® that provides a convenient, affordable and quality product for hydration.
Below are tips on keeping hydrated during the heat:
- Maintaining adequate hydration is often a challenge when the temperature rises. To calculate how much water you need, doctors recommend that you aim to drink half your body weight in ounces daily (80 ounces for a 160lb person; 10 x 8 ounce glasses in this case).
- Additionally, for children and adults who exercise or spend lots of time outdoors, drink at least 16 ounces of water two hours before the activity and continue drinking during the activity. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to take a drink since at that point your body has already lost a significant amount of fluid.
- If you exercise in hot weather, plan for between 16-32 ounces of water every hour. Finally, liquids with alcohol, caffeine and lots of sugar can actually cause you to lose too much fluid.