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Healthy Hydration

How much water and other drinks do we need in a day?  Does food consumption count towards overall fluid intake?  What are signs of dehydration?  The Family and Consumer Sciences Agent will do a lesson on this next week so you can find out!

It’s always important to stay hydrated, especially during the summer months.  Thwarting dehydration is also important to do as we age, regardless of what the temperature is outside. What are some ways that you stay hydrated?  If you like to cool down with a soda, make sure you do so in moderation, as the calories in soda all adds up—quickly—towards your daily calorie intake.  For example, as 12 ounce can of soda can have ten teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories.  That’s about the same amount of calories as if you were to have an ounce of unsalted nuts as a snack.  But of course, you are getting more with the nuts, including protein and some fiber, elements the soda lacks, making the nuts nutrient dense.  Many of us are “drinking” our calories and not even realizing it, and not getting any nutrition out of it when having these drinks.

On Thursday, May 3rd, from 2pm to 3pm, there will be a FREE lesson on healthy fluids and hydration at the Centennial Library in Holiday (located at 5740 Moog Road, Holiday, FL 34690).  Please join us as we learn about dehydration and healthy drink options.  Of course, water is always a safe bet, but there are other drink choices that are healthy for you, too, which will be discussed at next week’s lesson.  Dehydration can lead to other health problems, and so maintaining a fluid balance is a key step in living a healthy lifestyle.

You can register for the lesson on Event Brite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hydration-tickets-45412582256?aff=es2

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