May 11, 2023
by Hy-Vee Dietitian

Don't Wait, Hydrate Challenge!

Did you know that up to 60% of our bodies are made up of water?! So, if over half of our body is made up of water, drinking water must be important. Drinking enough water throughout the day will help you  stay hydrated. Being hydrated is important because it allows our bodies to function properly throughout the day. Without enough water, our bodies may slow down and become dehydrated. 

Common signs of dehydration include:

  •        feeling thirsty
  •        dry mouth
  •        fatigue
  •        headaches
  •        lightheaded

To avoid dehydration, make sure to drink enough water each day! Generally, drinking 64 oz. of water each day will keep you hydrated but, did you know the amount of water you need to stay hydrated can be different for everyone? Everyone’s bodies are different, including our weight and activity level. These two factors are what determines our water needs. Typically, the more we weigh and exercise, the more water our body needs.

Let me show you how to figure this out!

Step 1) weight (lbs)/2 = # of oz

Step 2) exercise minutes x 0.4 = # of oz

Step 3) Step 1 value (oz) + Step 2 value (oz) = H2O needed (oz)

Check out our Don’t Wait, Hydrate challenge to learn and track your hydration!

Need help staying hydrated? 

Our Hy-Vee Dietitians have some fun ways to help you stay hydrated. 

Visit their Hydration Station to learn more!


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