As we charge into summer after we have celebrated the 4th of July the temperatures are heating up!
Many people are experiencing the hottest temperatures this summer! Temperatures in the 90’s are forecasted for most of the country.
While most of us can say we love summertime there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to staying hydrated.
The process of replacing water in the body.
This can be done through drinking water, eating ice chips, eating foods that have high water content, drinking other fluids or an intravenous or IV line. Being dehydrated is when your body is lacking the water levels necessary to function optimally. This statement according to study.com.
Harvard University explains the importance of hydration. Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.
Why You Should Stay Hydrated–
Hydration can help you avoid heat stroke and other debilitating heat-related illnesses. These illnesses occur when your body can‘t control its own temperature, leading to overheating, nausea, and other symptoms. Regular hydration can help your body keep overheating in check.
The most common way of hydrating is water. The average person should drink half their weight in ounces of water per day. So for example a 160 pound person should drink 80 ounces of water or 10 cups per day. Think of those plastic water bottles, most are 16-20 oz. If you have an insulated water bottle it may be even a little larger. If you find yourself thinking there is no way you could drink that much why not break it down? 4 cups before lunch & 4 cups after lunch! Once you start making this your goal you will be amazed how easy it becomes to get your water in!
Another great way to stay hydrated in the summer is by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Each bite of watermelon contains about 92 percent water and 6 percent sugar. Despite being mostly water with a bit of sugar, watermelon is considered a very healthy snack. Its high water content helps keep you hydrated.
By incorporating flavor to just plain water you have another perfect way to reach your daily water goals! These great cups on Amazon allow you to easily add your favorite sliced fruit or veggies into a 32 oz bottle of water.
This chart from Allrecipes.com shows a wide variety of fruits, vegetables & some herbs. Any of these suggestions would make something that will definitely quench your thirst and keep you hydrated!
As always watch for signs of dehydration! Keep a glass of water or one of these flavored waters nearby. This will help you beat the heat and keep you healthy.