Bite by Bite: Hydration

Bite by Bite: Hydration


Hi, happy National Nutrition Month! My
name is Ashley Girt, and I’m a registered dietitian at Parkview Health. Today, I’m
going to be talking to you a little bit about the importance of water
consumption and overall hydration. Everyone has probably heard of the
general recommendation to have eight 8-ounce cups of water per day, but your water and
hydration needs can vary from person to person depending upon your medical
status, if you have a medical condition, the climate in which you live, if it’s a
warm climate versus a cooler climate, and then your activity level. Are you very
physically active? Are you not as physically active? All of those factors
can affect how much water that you need to consume throughout the day. You will
also get some water from the foods that you eat, so fruits and vegetables
actually do provide water. Typically you’ll get about 20% of the water that
you need throughout the day from the foods that you’re eating and not from
the liquids that you’re consuming. If you are physically active, and it’s for less
than 60 minutes generally water is enough to rehydrate
you. If you are physically active for greater than 60 minutes you may want to
consider adding a sports drink to help rehydrate you because that will provide
carbohydrates and the electrolytes that you’ve lost during physical activity, but
most importantly listen to your body, and if you’re thirsty drink water. Sip water
throughout the day that will help prevent dehydration.

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