It’s hot outside!

The Calistoga weather forecast says we will be in the 90s ALL week. Are you staying hydrated?

I am sure many of you are tired of hearing me say it, but it is so important. We need to drink water! Our adult bodies are 50-60% water, with an even higher percentages in kids! That is a lot to maintain, but so important. Every cell in your body needs it.

How much do you need to drink? It might sound silly, but I think the best and easiest way to check yourself is by the color of your urine. Take a peek in the toilet after you go and give yourself a pat on the back if it is close to clear. We are looking for a VERY pale yellow, certainly not a strong or dark yellow! Also, don’t forget that caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, meaning that they take more water out of your body than they are putting into it. We have to compensate for this additional loss with greater water intake.

Another way to gauge your intake is to use a bottle or a pitcher to measure how much you are drinking. Set a goal for the day, every day. 2 liters (8 cups) is good for most people. Pay attention to how much you are getting through by watching that pitcher/bottle and if you find that the afternoon is dwindling and you still have a long way to go, down a few glasses to catch up! Take it like it is medicine because for the cells of your body, it is!

Happy summer!