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SAN ANTONIO (July 28, 2017) – With kids home from school, summer travel and holidays, summertime can be tough time of year to prioritize making healthy nutrition choices. But in the heat of a South Texas summer, sticking to one simple habit creates positive health results: staying hydrated.
As part of its ¡Viva Health! campaign, Metro Health encourages the community to drink water, not sugary drinks this summer and throughout the year.
“Every organ in your body needs water to function properly, and water is used to maintain body temperature and lubricate joints,” said Haley Amick, Community Nutrition Coordinator at Metro Health. “Drinking water, especially in the hottest months, can also protect you from serious risks like heat stroke and dehydration.”
The next time you’re spending a day at the beach or an amusement park, keep these water facts in mind:
- It increases energy and relieves fatigue: Drinking water increases the efficiency of bodily processes, which will make it easier to concentrate.
- It promotes weight loss: Drinking water increases your metabolism by removing by-products of fat and reducing eating intake.
- It flushes out toxins: An increase in water consumption naturally balances the body, which can reduce the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- It improves skin complexion: Water naturally moisturizes the skin, which, in combination with sunscreen can help protect against severe sun damage.
- It maintains regularity: Water is essential for digestion, and drinking more of it can help the body process foods.
- It can reduce headaches: Studies have shown that even small levels of dehydration can trigger headaches. By drinking water, it can reduce the development of or duration of a headache.
- It defends against sickness: Drinking water improves your immune system and helps fight off illness.
- It can help with pain prevention: Muscles and joints can begin to ache if they become dehydrated. Even more, the cells in your body can begin to shrivel, which can cause fatigue.
Remember, simply drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your health. This concept is one of the key messages of the Viva Health Nutrition Campaign: drink water, not sugary sweetened drinks. If staying hydrated has been a challenge in the past, try keeping a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day, and for variety, add some fresh fruit like lemon or lime to your water. If you drink water with your meals you will be hydrating on a schedule. Remember, the message is simple: water is always best to keep you refueled and refreshed!
Metro Health launched ¡Viva Health! as a nutrition education campaign focusing on three simple messages:
- Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, every meal, every day
- For portion control, use a smaller plate
- Drink water, not sugary drinks