Sodium plays an important role in allowing the human body to function properly, but most people are consuming far more than their bodies really need—and this can cause more harm than good. The American Heart Association found that an astounding 90% of Americans consume too much sodium, with an average of 3,400 milligrams each day. Only 15% of this sodium is naturally occurring. More than 70% of it comes from processed and restaurant foods, with an additional 10% added during cooking or eating.
It’s not all about fluids. You could be forgiven for thinking that the only way to prevent dehydration is to drink fluids. After all, that’s about the only thing that comes to most people’s minds when they’re told to stay hydrated. But fluid intake is only part of staying safe in the heat or doing physically demanding work. In this article, we’ll look at 5 other factors that play a role in keeping your body hydrated.