June 23 is National Hydration Day, a holiday that serves as a reminder for all of us of how important it is to drink water and keep hydrated. This day falls on the first week of Summer, as it is even more crucial to keep hydrated during the hotter months. Water is vital in keeping us alive and healthy, and several health issues come with not drinking enough of it.
History of National Hydration Day
National Hydration Day was founded by the SafeTGard Corporation in 2016, in honor of Victor Hawkins, a football coach. Hawkins invented a special mouthguard that slowly releases electrolyte tablets to keep players hydrated during games, and helps them avoid dehydration that could keep them out of the game.
June 23 was chosen to observe this day on, as it marks the anniversary of Coach Victor Hawkins's passing. National Hydration Day commemorates his contributions to athlete health and safety, while also reminding people of the need to stay hydrated.
Why do we celebrate National Hydration Day?
Our bodies are made of 60% water, so it is no wonder that this liquid proves to be such an important element in keeping us healthy and alive. However, during our daily lives, it is common to forget to stop and have a glass of water, or even to carry a bottle of water with us.
What many people don't realize is that not drinking enough water and keeping properly hydrated can have many consequences and cause severe health issues. Some of those health problems include infections in the kidney and urinary tracts, hypovolemic shock, exhaustion, and seizures, among others. And especially during the hotter weather, drinking water is key in avoiding heatstroke and dehydration.
National Hydration Day forces us to stop and think about how important keeping hydrated is for our health and encourages us to make healthier choices and getting into a routine of drinking more water. If you make the effort to start drinking more water today, you'll instantly feel the benefits of being hydrated: you'll have more energy, you'll feel better and more focused, and your skin will look better!
How to Celebrate National Hydration Day
Stay hydrated! The best way to start a habit of drinking more water is to set up reminders on your phone or calendar to drink a glass of water at different points throughout your day. On average, you should aim to drink around 8 glasses of water a day, but this is dependant on your age, physical activity, and climate.
If you don't really enjoy the taste of water, you can always infuse it with some of your favorite fruits or herbs to make it tastier and more refreshing. Some popular mix-ins include cucumber, mint, lemon, and strawberry.