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Staying hydrated is a big part of being healthy, well, and performing at optimum capacity. Did you know that on many professional athletic teams players have to keep track of their hydration? They do it by keeping track of the color of their urine, the more yellowish/brown the less hydrated they are. And, if their urine is yellow or brown, they have to write an apology letter to their teammates for shortchanging them and not performing at the elite level they are getting paid for.

So, this serves as proof that there is a premium that needs to be put on hydration. Read on for a few ways you can stay hydrated throughout the day. Turns out most of us aren't getting the requisite amount of water we need to fuel each day.

1.) Drink a Quart of Water When You Wake Up

We all wan to reach for our coffee early in the morning, but the first thing we all should be drinking is sweet, glorious, life-building water.

2.) Drink Half Your Body Weight in Ounces

Most people think they need eight glasses of water a day, but that might not necessarily be true. And what constitutes one glass? Mug, cup, and glass sizes can often differentiate substantially. The better way to gauge your success in staying hydrated is to calculate the number of ounces you need and go from there. If you're 150 pounds, for instance, you need to drink 75 ounces of water each day, essentially half your body weight or more.

3.) Stay Away from Drinks that Dehydrate You

Staying away from bad beverages is another great way to boost your hydration. Sodas, alcohol, wine, and other beverages only lead to dehydration, despite them being water-based.

If you have any questions about how you can stay hydrated throughout the day, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today.

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