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Stay Hydrated, Salukis!

Although the “dawg” days of summer have gone, hydration is still a key component to a healthy diet.  Without proper hydration, your body isn’t able to cushion your joints, get rid of wastes, or even keep a steady temperature!  Since water makes up about 60% of your body weight, you should work hard to keep replenishing water you lose.

Luckily, staying hydrated isn’t very difficult!  Hydration is made easy with the following tips:

  • Carry a water bottle with you to class so you can sip throughout the day.
  • Order water at restaurants to save money and calories while hydrating effectively.
  • Tired of plain water?  Add a slice of lemon or lime for a punch of flavor.
  • Drink a glass of water before eating a snack; you may find that you were just thirsty!
  • Eat your water!  Yes, you read that right.  Many foods contain a great deal of water in them.  Five foods are especially rich in water: lettuce, watermelon, grapefruit, broccoli, and low-fat milk and yogurt.  Add these to your diet for an extra dose of water.
  • Be sure to drink before, during, and after exercise.  Water is your best bet when it comes to rehydrating yourself after a workout.  If the workout was especially long or intense, opt for a low-calorie sports drink.

Did you know that thirst is actually an early sign of dehydration?  If you’re thirsty often, be sure to keep drinking throughout the day.  Dehydration is also signaled by flushed skin, decreased ability to exercise, faster breathing and pulse, and premature fatigue.  Remember that dehydration is easy to remedy, so you don’t have to suffer!

Cheers to proper hydration!

Your University Housing Nutrition Team,
Residence Hall Dining

Emily Feagans
Dietetics Graduate Assistant

Cecily Haase
Undergraduate Nutrition Intern