With the days getting hotter and hotter, we want to make sure our bodies are constantly prepared for anything thrown at us. That includes a big one, being dehydrated. It’s common in the summer to feel like you aren’t taking in enough water since summer time is all about go, go, go. But, you have to remember that keeping your health in tip top shape is the best thing you can do for yourself no matter what season it is, or how busy you may be.
1. Water, Water, Water!
Even though the amount of water you should intake daily can vary depending on a variety of things like weight, height, age, etc. there are still some set recommendations that have been found in different studies to give us a rough idea on how much water we should consume each day. Water is a necessity for our everyday life to keep your body at a normal temperature, to help with joints, to protect tissues, to give you energy, and get rid of waste (CDC). One great way to remember to drink more water is investing in a water bottle. Not a plastic bottle that you’ll end up possibly forgetting to recycle, but one that is dishwasher safe and BPA free plastic or glass bottle. This will not only help you, but it’s great for the environment as well! We suggest you get a few different sizes to cover all your bases. Purchase a larger one for when you’re just sitting around, and get a more reasonably sized one for traveling and exercise. This will promote more water intake and prevent less waste at the same time! If you aren’t big on drinking just water by itself, add some pizzazz to it! You can do this by adding fruit slices or coconut ice to your water, or by trying out unsweetened flavored waters. Then eventually try and get into the groove of slowly taking out the additives and embracing the simple, yet satisfying, effects and taste of plain ol’ H2O.
2. Stock up on Water Enriched Foods
Water is the most obvious answer when it comes to staying hydrated, but keep in mind that some foods are super rich in water too! It’s sometimes hard to stay on top of consuming a certain amount of water per day, but incorporating hydrating foods is a great way to keep dehydrating away, and bring in lots of water. Some of the most hydrating foods are cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelon, bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli. You can find a full list of even more hydrating foods here. Even things like applesauce, popsicles, yogurt and jell-o are super hydrating, but we suggest everyone sticks to the fruits and veggies as much as possible to ensure you’re getting the most pure vitamins and nutrients out of your hydrating foods.
3. Vitamins Can Hydrate You Too
People tend to gravitate toward things like Gatorade when they’re trying to hydrate themselves since it has electrolytes in it. Only issue is that Gatorade drinks are typically heavy in sugars, carbs and sodium. You can get the proper vitamins naturally by taking supplements in unpleasantly hot weather conditions if you aren’t getting them in your diet naturally. Electrolytes are in charge of directing water and the nutrients along with it to where your body needs it most (elete). Calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium (The Vitamin Shoppe) are all what make up the electrolytes we need to function. To kill two birds with one stone, we sell a pill container and water bottle together that would be super useful for keeping track of daily vitamins, and getting in that daily water intake too!
4. Pay Attention To your Weight
The more you sweat, the more you gotta sip! No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, you’re losing water in the process. Dehydration while working out can cause drowsiness, exhaustion, headaches, cramping and decreased coordination (Very Well Fit). A suggestion to stay hydrated during your work outs is to weigh yourself before and after your workouts. Once you determine this you then can base how much water you need to drink post-workout. You should drink about 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you’ve lost (Health.com).
Consuming just the right amount of water is beneficial for you in so many ways internally and externally. If you’re not taking the time to hydrate yourself there are short term and long term effects that can be brutal to your body. Things like a dry mouth, under eye bags and feeling weak (Noble Beverages) are just some of the short term issues that dehydration causes. As for long term it can effect how your brain functions, the intensity of your mental health issues, your skin, your organs and immune system (Foxelli). So be sure to fill up on plenty of H2O to keep your body happy and healthy, especially during these upcoming summer months!