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Summer Joint Nutrition and Hydration

Summer Joint Nutrition and Hydration

During these sweltering few months, here are some tips to keep you and your joints as hydrated as possible!

Drink Enough Water

This may seem obvious, but what exactly is “enough” water? The standard has been set for years as 8 glasses a day, but that might not be the correct amount for everyone. As a rule of thumb, to find out how much water you should be drinking take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and use that number as your daily requirement in ounces!

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Believe it or not, but many fruits and vegetables are composed mostly of water!  For example, watermelon and berries contain about 92% of water per volume. Other fruits that contain a significant amount of H2O include grapefruit, cantaloupe and peaches.  As for vegetables; cucumbers and lettuce contain 96% water, while celery, zucchinis and radishes all contain 95%. Incorporating these foods into your diet, especially during the summer, can help you stay well hydrated.

Limit alcoholic beverages

Although in moderation alcohol is okay to enjoy, drinking an excess amount can cause dehydration. If you do choose to have a drink, make sure you alternate each cocktail with a large glass of water.

Hydrating your body is important for your overall health, and can help support your joint comfort as well. With the heat of the summer upon us, it’s important to drink enough water and follow the above tips!