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I’m encouraging my family to drink more water. What are the health benefits of staying completely hydrated throughout the summer?

According to the EPA, between 1979 and 2014, over 9,000 Americans died from a heat-related illness. Hydration is one of the most important health care needs during the long, hot summer months. It is generally recommended that you drink six 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but that number can vary depending on your size, need, age, exercise regimen, and whether you have a chronic illness. 

The primary benefit of staying hydrated is a healthy body. Good hydration helps with muscle and joint functionality, keeping skin supple and moist, flushing toxins from your system, improving your ability to concentrate, and assisting in keeping your heart and other organs healthy.

How do you know if you are dehydrated? You may be thirsty or experiencing fatigue or headaches. Severe dehydration may lead to organ and heart damage. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or sweating out in the warm summer temperatures, remember to hydrate!

Raschid Ghoorahoo, FNP-BC, NP-C
LewisGale Physicians
Salem | 540.772.3490