Wellness Tip for June 2016

Water

Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth soups and foods with high water content such as celery, tomatoes, or melons can contribute to fluid intake.

In Iowa, summer will be warmer and we will be more physically active. Be sure to get in plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, which can be serious.

If you think you are not getting enough water, these tips may help:

*Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
*Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
*Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
*Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
*Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.

We are truly blessed to have safe drinking water! Even more important we have Jesus Christ. In Revelation 21:6 Jesus proclaims, “To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life.”