Keeping hydrated is important for health and maintaining energy levels.
 
Fluids are used in the body to help with digestion, carrying nutrients and ridding the body of wastes. 
 
As the temperatures rise, it is especially important to make sure people stay hydrated. Water is the best choice for staying hydrated.
 
"You can also get water from eating more fruits and vegetables," said Celene Winterton, a registered dietitian with the Alberta Heartland Primary Care Network. "Watch out for drinks like pop, juice, energy drinks and sport drinks. These drinks are high in sugar and low in nutrients, which may get in the way of your healthy eating efforts."
 
If drinking plain water this summer is getting boring, try adding some flavour without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners by drinking fruit and vegetable infused water. Chop up favourite fruits or vegetables and add them to a water bottle or pitcher of water. The longer it sits, the more flavour is infused into the water.
 
Here are some good combinations:
- Cucumber, lime & strawberries
- Lemon & lime
- Raspberry, blackberry & peach
- Strawberry, lemon & basil
- Orange & blueberry
- Watermelon & kiwi
 
While adults should aim for 2-3 Litres of water a day, people who are active may need more. The best way to tell if people are drinking enough water is by the colour of urine – if urine is light yellow and clear, enough water is being consumed. If urine is dark yellow, more water is needed.
 

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