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223 N. Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Healthy Bites: May 2012

Hydration Matters

The spring and summer months give us the opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm weather. The increase in temperature makes it important to maintain adequate hydration. Preventing dehydration is important because it may lead to dry mouth, headache, confusion, dizziness and light-headedness, fatigue, decreased urination or dark colored urine, and extreme thirst.

Most people have heard they need 6-8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day; however, requirements may vary from person to person. To calculate your fluid needs, the following web page may be helpful:

Try the following tips to increase your water consumption:

  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
  • Substituting water for one 20-ounce sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
  • Drink water when you think you are hungry. If you are really hungry, the water will not satisfy your appetite but will help you to feel full sooner.
  • Choose water as a beverage when eating, and save both money and calories.
  • Add a slice of lemon, lime, or orange to your water to kick up the flavor.

For people who exercise at a moderate rate, water is all you need for hydration. If you exercise at high intensity, a sports drink may be beneficial.

Have a happy, safe and well hydrated spring and summer!

To make an appointment for personal nutrition guidance, please call 201-634-5371.

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