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Don’t forget that as your activity levels increase, it’s more important than ever to keep your body hydrated.

Our bodies are approximately 60 to 75% water, and it’s important that we replenish what we lose via urine and sweat. It’s even harder to stay hydrated in hot, dry areas of the country or during the summer.

Everyone needs to drink plenty of water but for bariatric patients, it is even more important to drink eight 8-oz. cups of water every day. Drinking even more than that is encouraged. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember. For bariatric patients, that means the minimum water intake you need is 64 oz. per day.

Remember that once you start exercising and sweating more, your body will lose more fluids, so the harder you work, the more water you need. Remember to sip water or sugar-free fluids all day and into the evening.

Michelle’s favorite alternatives to water are:

  • Plain unsweetened coconut water
  • SoBe Lifewater 0 Calories
  • Crystal Light PURE packets
  • Vitamin Water Zero

Water does so many wonderful things for our bodies, so make sure you get as much of this natural, life-giving liquid as you can. Your body will thank you!