We are getting into the heat and humidity of the summer months and it’s important to stay hydrated. Your body is composed of about 60% water. Adequate hydration is necessary for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. It also keeps your skin looking healthy and vibrant, increases energy, and can prevent headaches and muscle cramps.

The rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. If you are active or spending lots of time outdoors, you should drink even more than that. You can add electrolyte packs, lemon, or other fruits to your water if you feel dehydrated or spending lots of time outside in the sun. Don’t be fooled by Gatorade or Vitamin Water. There are lots added sugars, artificial flavors and dyes.

If possible, avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles due to chemicals that line the bottles. Even the non-BPA Nalgene containers leach other chemicals into the water. I recommend a stainless steel hydroflask water bottle or glass Mason jars.

For more information or questions, contact Dr. Kristina Roberts, naturopathic physician at Lokahi Health Center, at 808-329-2114or [email protected].