You’ve probably been waiting for summer to come for months now—the good news is that it’s finally here! Once again, the sun is at its brightest, beach resorts, and picnic parks are waiting to be full of eager tourists and you’re probably just waiting for a family member or a friend to invite you to go out and enjoy the heat of the season. It’s evident that you will be excited for summer but with the increased heat and outdoor activities you’ll be doing, it is important to not take one aspect of your health for granted—that is, your hydration.
The hot temperature is one of the main reasons why people lose water and get dehydrated. Dehydration is something that you should learn to avoid this season. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel weak and get extreme fatigue. It will not only affect your body but it will also affect your brain which may lead you to feeling disoriented and out of focus.
Just like food, you also need nutrients from water to support your body system so that you can be lively and energetic. To know how you can stay hydrated this summer, continue reading below:
- Drink enough water
As cliché as it sounds, you have to make sure that you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Although for some people, fewer than that is enough. There may be no real science behind it, but it’s a pretty reasonable goal and it’s enough to keep you going throughout the day. It’s also important to drink water from time to time to help your blood circulate and eliminate the heat from your organs before damage occurs. If you’re working out, only drink on your rest times for you to recharge and don’t go back immediately. The last thing you want to happen is to accumulate stomach cramps and discomfort so let your body absorb the fluid first and then you can resume your exercise.
- Always carry a water bottle with you
Keep in mind how important it is to carry a water bottle wherever you go. Studies have shown that people who carry a water bottle with them are more likely to consume more fluids than those who don’t. It tricks your mind and it’s actually a good thing. Understand that during summer season, you need to drink more fluids than you normally would to fight dehydration. Always go for pure water and sports drinks over carbonated or sweetened drinks especially if you’re trying to lose weight. You don’t need to wait for you to feel thirsty to drink!
- Drink coconut water
Coconut water is one of the healthiest fluids that anyone can drink. It’s a good source of Vitamin C, several important minerals and fiber so it will not only help you get hydrated but it will also make you feel full and give optimal benefits to your health. According to experts, drinking enough fluids of coconut may help melt kidney stones and improve heart health. Clearly, coconut water isn’t just a fluid that you should drink during summer. It could also be an additional drink to water, and you can drink it every single day.
- Monitor your urine
Your urine also plays a big role in determining whether you’re dehydrated or not. It is necessary to check the color of your pee from time to time. If it is clear or somewhat yellow, it means you’re on the right track. If the color is medium to dark yellow, it means that you need to increase the amount of liquid you’re drinking in order to keep hydrated. Note: Take a drink of water anytime the color of your urine gets dark so you could flush out toxins and maintain regularity of your body.
- Eat your way to hydration
Who says you can’t eat your water? That may sound weird and odd, but you can actually do it. Watermelons, cucumbers, strawberries, you name it! All of these will surely help you rehydrate and feel energized. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s nutrients database, these foods are very high in water content and they’re also full of nutrients that can help fight diseases. Eating your way to hydration is really important so eat and beat the heat!
Summer is fun and all but it’s also dangerous because of the heat. People neglect the fact that it’s possible to get heat stroke, fall into a coma and contract other serious diseases from heat exhaustion. The best way to fight that is to hydrate yourself especially when you’re feeling dizzy or overheated. Water is your friend that you should not take for granted!