The dog days of summer sure do make us thirsty! It is always easier for me as a dietitian to encourage fluids when it is warm outside but choosing the right fluids become the question. It amazes me to think that water makes up 60% of your body weight. And that there is no other nutritional intervention that comes close to the importance of hydration when you are talking about exercise. So if you are trying to stay lean, healthy, and fit hydration is key. Water, decaf drinks (especially green and white tea), and 100% fruit juices are all great to hydrate your body. It is also important to see if you are a “salty sweater” when you workout. If you have a ring of white “salt” around your mouth after a workout, you may need to increase your sodium consumption after a workout to replenish your body. And as Chef Nancy always says “a little salt is good for you, it brings out the flavors of our food!” How much do I need to drink? Take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That is how many ounces of fluid you need in a day. And remember, every system in your body depends on water. It flushes toxins out of vital organs and carries nutrients to your cells. So even if you are not thirsty, drink up and enjoy!