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Hydration Is Key In Your Healthy Habit Equation

**Updated to include Hydration Challenge Tracker in March 2023.

Drinking water is the best way to hydrate because it is a natural and effective way to replenish the fluids that your body needs. When you're dehydrated, your body lacks enough water and other fluids to function properly. Drinking water helps to rehydrate your body and restore its normal function.

Hydration refers to the process of maintaining the proper balance of fluids in the body. The human body is made up of about 60% water, and it is important to maintain this balance to keep the body functioning properly. When you are properly hydrated, your body has enough fluid to support vital functions such as circulation, digestion, and temperature regulation.


Dehydration can occur when you don't drink enough fluids, or when you lose fluids through sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness. To stay hydrated, it's important to drink enough fluids, especially water, throughout the day.


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Proper hydration is important for maintaining good health and well-being. Here are some benefits of staying hydrated:

  • Regulates body temperature: Water helps to regulate your body temperature by sweating and panting, which helps to keep your body cool. 
  •  Aids in digestion: Water helps to break down food and helps to move waste through the intestines, which can aid in digestion. 
  •  Lubricates joints: Water helps to lubricate joints and keep them functioning smoothly.
  • Boosts skin health: Staying hydrated can help to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. 
  •  Maintains healthy blood pressure: Proper hydration is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. 
  •  Supports brain function: Water is important for maintaining healthy brain function and can help to improve focus and concentration. 
  •  Promotes weight loss: Drinking water can help to fill you up, which may aid in weight loss efforts. 
  •  Boosts energy levels: Staying hydrated can help to boost energy levels and reduce fatigue.

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Stay on Track!

Our Hydration Challenge Tracker is a downloadable resource. It's free and easy-to-use tool that can help you reach your daily water intake targets. The Hydration Challenge Tracker features a beautiful branch design, with individual leaves to mark your progress over the course of 50 days. Simply color in a leaf each day that you successfully drink the recommended amount of water and watch as your progress grows.

There are several reasons why drinking water is the best way to hydrate:

  • It's readily available: Water is easy to find and inexpensive, making it a convenient option for hydration. 
  •  It's natural: Water is a natural substance that is essential for the body's function. It contains no calories, sugar, or artificial ingredients, making it a healthy choice for hydration. 
  •  It's effective: Drinking water is an effective way to rehydrate the body, as it helps to replenish the fluids that are lost through sweat, urine, and other bodily functions. 
  •  It's inexpensive: Water is typically less expensive than other beverages, making it an affordable option for hydration. 
  •  It has other benefits: Besides helping with hydration, drinking water can also help to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature, and support other important bodily functions.

These liquids can also contribute to hydration:

  • Sports drinks: These drinks are typically high in electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, which can help to replace fluids and electrolytes lost through sweat during physical activity. 
  •  Coconut water: This natural, low-calorie drink is high in electrolytes and can be a good option for hydration.

It's important to note that while the above liquids can contribute to hydration, water is generally the best choice for staying hydrated. It's important to drink enough fluids, especially when you are exercising or spending time in hot and/or humid conditions, to help prevent dehydration.

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To recap, hydration is the process of maintaining the proper balance of fluids in the body. Proper hydration is important for good health and well-being because it helps to regulate body temperature, support digestion, lubricate joints, and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. In addition, staying hydrated can boost energy levels, improve brain function, and support weight loss efforts. Dehydration can cause a range of symptoms, including thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness. To stay hydrated, it's important to drink enough fluids, especially water, throughout the day.

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  • Angel Lewis

    Hello there! I'm Angel, an entrepreneur and writer who grew up in rural North Carolina and now resides in Virginia. My love for writing began during my time at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Over the past couple of years, I've authored two nonfiction books in the personal development genre. Along with writing for adults, I also created 'Ready. Set. Fly!', a children's book that inspires self-confidence and resilience. When I'm not writing, I enjoy gardening, reading, playing games, and spending time with those closest to me.

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15 thoughts on “Hydration Is Key In Your Healthy Habit Equation

  1. Good post on hydration, Angel. I’m sure many of us don’t think about how water/ fluids keep our bodies functioning and in balance. This is a good reminder.

  2. Thank you for such a detailed post about the need for hydration. When I’m on a long walk, I think about how much water I need. And then I try to plan my bathroom breaks, which are in short supply. There is always that conflict between staying properly hydrated and not having enough places to visit a bathroom!

  3. Water is about the only thing I drink! Bake in 2020 I went on a healthy eating plan, no more sweet tea, I would always have a large cup everyday until I realized I was drinking a cup of sugar! I went cold turkey on that and started added fresh/frozen fruit to my water. Now I’m happy with just water and don’t even miss the sweet tea!

  4. I was doing good at drinking water but here lately I’ve been struggling. Which is hindering me with my diet. So your post came at the right time to kick start my water drinking. Have a nice week and I look forward to seeing were the #UBC takes you. Have a nice day.

  5. Thank you for sharing this informative post about the importance of hydration. It’s clear that proper hydration is essential for maintaining good health and well-being, and it’s good to know the various benefits of staying hydrated. It’s also helpful to know that water is the best choice for hydration, but that other options such as sports drinks and coconut water can also contribute to hydration. It’s important to be mindful of our fluid intake, especially during times of increased activity or in hot and humid conditions, to help prevent dehydration. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.

  6. I know first hand how important hydration is to my health. If I get dehydrated I tend to have low blood pressure. Thanks for this reminder. I tend not to be thirsty so I need to keep this in mind all during the day.

  7. As a teacher, it’s super hard to stay hydrated during the workday. Plus, there are not many bathroom breaks. Thanks for your helpful tips, ideas, and suggestions. I will try to keep them in mind.

  8. Great reminder to drink some water and stay hydrated. I’ve always consumed tons of water but I can’t get my husband to adopt the habit. I’ll share this with him as these are great reasons and advice to stay hydrated!

  9. Thank you for such a detailed post about the need for hydration. I have found using the app is so great for keeping me on track with my hydration

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