Water. It’s not the fountain of youth, but in many ways, it’s the fountain of good health. Our bodies are made up of between 50% and 60% water, depending on your individual makeup, and we’re constantly losing it through bodily waste, through our skin, and through our breathing. If you want to keep the very foundation of your body – your cells – healthy, then you have to drink water.

Board-certified podiatrist and surgeon Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm deals with ailments of the foot and ankle– and believe it or not, some of these ailments can stem from a body that’s just not well-hydrated. For example, the skin on your feet can become dry and cracked. Your big toe can be stricken with gout if you’re not consuming enough water to flush away the excess uric acid.

Every cell in your body needs water – and that includes the cells of your feet. Throughout these hot, hot days of summer, we all need to put some extra effort into hydrating our entire selves. If you’re someone who’s not at all enticed by a cool glass of water, or you have good intentions but just forget to drink, here are some strategies to help you out:

How to drink more water

  • Flavor it: make water more interesting by adding some sliced fruit (lemons, limes, and oranges are nice) or fresh mint leaves.
  • Quantify it: get a large water bottle, fill it up in the morning, and pledge to finish one or more full bottles every day.
  • Sip it: don’t feel you have to down a full 8 ounces at a time. Enjoy it all day a little at a time.
  • Eat it: get more water into your system by eating fruits that contain a lot of water, like watermelon, strawberries, and peaches.
  • Share it: make a pact with your friends and family that you’ll all drink more water every day.
  • Appreciate it: notice the difference it makes when you drink enough water. Afternoon fatigue and daily headaches disappear. Skin looks and feels less dry. You’re less irritable than you used to be.

Help keep your feet healthy this summer by drinking more water every day. If you ever develop pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, or deformities in your toes, feet, or ankles, give Dr. Wilhelm a call at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Centreville, VA at (703) 996-3000. You may also contact us online.

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