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Hydration

Water is an essential nutrient that is critical to reaching your best physical performance. It is also important for good health because it plays an important role in maintaining normal body temperature.

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Meals, Ready-To-Eat

MREs are the main operational food ration for the United States Armed Forces. Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories, and one-third of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day's worth of meals would consist of three MREs.

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A Healthy Diet

Eating a variety of foods and maintaining adequate energy balance are basic guidelines for a healthy diet. Dietary guidelines include consuming enough calories to meet your energy needs-but eating more than that can mean gaining weight. Even snacking between meals can contribute to good nutrition if the right foods are eaten.

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