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Fall 2020 Jump to: Hydration ChallengeHow To Stay Hydrated blog post; Hydrating Watermelon Gazpacho video; Staying Hydrated VideoCommunity Wellness Chat: Staying Hydrated Through The Holidays

Hydration Challenge

  • Runs September 21-22

Hydration is a key day-to-day activity that is commonly overlooked and super important in terms of keeping our bodies functioning at optimal levels. Participate in Cornell Wellness' 2-day hydration challenge to learn just how important keeping your body hydrated is, what foods and beverages keep you hydrated, and what hydration levels you should be maintaining everyday. All you need to do to participate is on day 1(September 21) read Wellness Director, Kerry Howell's blog article, "How to Stay Hydrated." After reading the article, come up with a plan for day 2 on how much your body needs to stay hydrated, and what foods and beverages you can consume to reach your personalized goal. On day 2 take a picture of some of the foods/beverages you plan on eating/drinking and post it to the Cornell Wellness Facebook page, your personal Instagram, or send it to the Wellness email (wellness@cornell.edu) with #StayHydrated. If you have questions about this challenge or how to participate, contact Wellness staff Jeremy Stewart.

How To Stay Hydrated

Blog post written by Kerry Howell

Staying hydrated is important. Just how important is it? Much more important than I personally thought it was. In fact, taking in enough fluids is critical for our bodies to perform many of their essential tasks that keep us healthy, well, and even alive. Okay, so it’s sinking in now for me that my casual approach to taking in fluids throughout the day may not be setting up my body for success. According to this Harvard school of public health article, “drinking enough water each day is crucial to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly”. If you are dehydrated, it can have an immediate effect on your mood, energy level, cognitive ability, sport performance and more.

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water. So how do you stay adequately hydrated you might ask? You get fluids from water and things that contain high levels of water such as tea, coffee, milk, juice, broth-based soups, fruits and vegetables. About 20% of your daily water intake typically comes solely from the fruits and vegetables you consume. Many of these, such as watermelon and cucumbers are almost 100% water. But, what about tea and coffee, you might ask? These have caffeine that make them not great sources for hydration, right? Although straight up water is your best source of hydration, drinks like tea and coffee that contain caffeine are only mild diuretics, therefore they still provide a net positive on the hydration scale. Tea contains less caffeine (zero if it’s herbal) than coffee, so it’s even more hydrating than its bean-based counterpart.

To read more about hydration including how much fluid you should consume, how you'll know if you're hydrated enough, and tips to help you with your hydration success, read the full post on Wellness' Blog page.

Hydrating Watermelon Gazpacho

Follow along with Kerry Howell, Director of Cornell Wellness, as we make this cold soup together that is extremely hydrating and perfect for warm weather days. Twenty to thirty percent of our daily fluid intake comes from fruits and vegetables. This recipe's primary ingredients contain 92-95% water. It's super yummy and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watch this 8 minute Watermelon Gazpacho video to try the recipe.

Staying Hydrated video

Check out this 10 minute Q & A hydration video where Jeremy and Kerry discuss key points to staying hydrated such as:

  • What’s one of the easiest ways to tell if you’re well hydrated?
  • Is level of thirst a good way to determine if you’re well hydrated?
  • Do I need to drink water if I don’t feel like I’m sweating during winter activities?

Community Wellness Chat: Staying Hydrated Through The Holidays 

  • December 8, 10:30-11:30am
  • provided through Zoom live
  • register here

With several holidays just around the corner, we’re moving into a time of festivities, traditions, family, friends, Zoom gatherings, small in person gatherings and possibly travel. These times can bring joy and often also are taxing on our bodies at the same time. Our focus can be pulled in many directions, and typically these directions are away from our own health and personal care. Staying hydrated during the holidays can be challenging when confronted with alcoholic beverages, salty snacks, and staying up late swapping stories. Even warm drinks like coffee and hot cider may get jazzed up by dehydrating add-ins. Water and other hydrating fluids and foods can be key components in maintaining our body’s water balance throughout the holidays to keep our cells, metabolic functions, temperature regulation, joints, tendons, ligaments and more healthy and functioning well. Join in this community wellness chat facilitated by Wellness Director Kerry Howell and Nutrition and General Health Outreach Educator Jeremy Stewart for what is sure to be a lively, fun, and candid discussion around the topic of how to stay hydrated through the holidays. 


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