We’re in the midst of summer and if you haven’t noticed by now it’s hot, you’re sweaty, and we’re all just trying to survive the warm weather. Something that always comes up around this time of the year is dehydration: “the silent attacker amongst the heat wave”. Now, that may be an overstatement, an exaggeration, if you will, but it's a real problem. It was found that 75% of americans, of 3,003 surveyed, were chronically dehydrated; even though they drank about eight servings of hydrating beverages this was offset because of caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and a high sodium diet.
Dehydration occurs when our body doesn’t have the amount of water it needs because we lose more water than what we intake. This can happen by excessive sweating and other causes like fever, diarrhea, vomiting or peeing a lot. Since it’s summer, and as previously established, it’s hot, our bodies natural reaction to heat is sweating to naturally cool our body temperature down, leading to less fluids. If we don’t replenish the water that is lost, you guessed it, we get dehydrated, and it just all goes full circle.
And who wants to be dehydrated when you’ve got a refreshing pool waiting for you? No one. Sometimes feeling thirsty isn’t the only sign that tells us we’re dehydrated. We can also suffer from a dry, sticky mouth, headaches, muscle cramps, kidney problems, dry skin, sleepiness, and fatigue amongst other symptoms. Doesn’t sound very summer ready, huh?
Good thing there’s an easy way out!
Yes, you probably guessed it, it starts with drinking more water. We all need water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water, so, as it turns out, it’s fundamental for us to keep ourselves hydrated. Not everyone needs the same amount of water that’s why there never seems to be a consensus on how many cups of water we need to drink each day. It takes knowing yourself to keep yourself hydrated. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure you are hydrated and healthy for Summer of ‘19!
Take a bottle of water with you during the day. You can save more money if it’s a reusable bottle and just keep on refilling it whenever it’s empty. This will remind you to keep on taking sips!
Keep an eye on your urine! If you are hydrated you should be urinating more and it should be pale yellow otherwise you definitely need water if you are urinating infrequently and if it’s dark yellow, cloudy or too smelly.
Tired of just plain ol’ water? We all get it, it can get tiresome. You can add a slice of lemon, strawberries, cucumber or even mint to your drink and with it a little pizzazz.
Feeling hungry? Drink water. Many times thirst is confused with hunger. Still not sure? Real hunger won’t be satiated with water. Plus, it can be an added bonus to a healthy weight-loss plan.
Forget a power nap! If you’re feeling sluggish, drink a cool glass of water. Studies have shown that people feel more alert after having some water.
Try getting more water-rich foods into your diet like vegetables, fruits, and yogurt. Some foods you can eat: watermelon, stone fruits, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. This will help you keep yourself hydrated.
If you’re too busy or forgetful to drink water, try doing it on a schedule. This can be done by always drinking water when you wake up, with each meal you have, and before going to bed. Another option is drinking some water at the beginning of every hour.
Have any more ideas on how to keep cool? Share it in the comments!
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