Staying hydrated is extremely important for your overall health and with the arrival of summer & the warmer weather, it becomes even more important to keep yours & your loved ones fluid intake up. Adults need 64 ounces of water every day. However, hydration needs will depend on many factors. These factors include the types of medications being taken, health conditions, as well as the climate. When it comes to drinking more water, you have to keep the fluid intake balanced with the fluid output. If you are urinating or sweating more frequently, then fluid intake should be increased. This way, all the fluids lost through urination and perspiration are replenished. Also if suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting, you should be careful to ensure you do not suffer from dehydration. One of the best ways to stay hydrated is to find alternatives to plain water. Let’s face it, not everyone is into water drinking. However, modifying your diet with water alternatives help retain the right level of hydration. Adding flavours to plain water, fresh fruit juices, or making infused water are great alternatives to plain water. Also you can increase fluid intake by eating certain fruits, vegetables and foods which are higher in water content. You could try things such as watermelon, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, oranges , cucumbers, tomatoes, broths, soups, plain yogurt and smoothies which can all help you stay hydrated.