You’ve heard it 1,000 times . . . it is important to drink at least eight cups of water or low calorie, non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages every day.

Drinking plenty of water is even more important when recovering from illness or injury.

“Drinking enough fluid is essential for maintaining adequate hydration and allowing your body to heal,” Katleya Baldazo MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian with Transitional Care of Arlington Heights. “You may even need more fluid depending on your medications or the extent of your injury.”

Have a water bottle on hand and plan for plenty of refreshing beverages throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. You may be tempted to drink less water to keep bathroom trips to a minimum when moving may be painful. Keep in mind that becoming dehydrated will make movement even more painful, so drink plenty of water even when mobility is an issue.

Bottoms up!