Water makes up approximately 60% of our body weight. But what does that water do for you?

The San Diego area has had some extremely hot temperatures recently and although the temps have dropped we want to remind everyone how important it is to stay hydrated.

Water helps to keep us healthy and functioning by lubricating our organs, maintaining blood volume for proper circulation and it regulates our body temperature.

  1. During physical activity or extreme heat our bodies use a large amount of water. Remember to hydrate before, during and after exercise or being out in extreme heat.
  2. Not drinking enough water during the day may have an effect on your emotions, make you edgy or restless and in some cases cause confusion and an increase in body temperature.
  3. Dehydration (the body does not have enough fluid) may cause headaches and even migraines in some people.
  4. Water plays a role in disease prevention and overall body health including helping your heart pump more easily.

Remember to increase your water intake as you increase your physical activity and check on older adults and infants to be certain they are well hydrated.