Stay Hydrated This Summer

The hot weather of summer should remind everyone to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen. In warmer weather, you sweat more. Unless you replace the lost liquid, it doesn’t take long before you start to notice the symptoms of dehydration. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration, but not all people notice their thirst. Some think they’re hungry when in reality, they’re thirsty. Dark-colored urine, headache, nausea, fatigue, confusion, and dizziness are other signs of dehydration. You don’t have to wait for the signs to appear if you carry water with you and sip on it frequently. It’s one way to stay hydrated.

Some people don’t like to drink water.

While other liquids and even juicy fruits can keep you hydrated, drinking water is best. Coffee and tea contain caffeine that acts as a diuretic, so you’ll void more frequently. That can create a net sum of zero added fluid. Soft drinks also contain caffeine and high amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes. Sugar adds pounds, while artificial sweeteners can increase your waist circumference and add belly fat. If you don’t like plain water, try infused water. It’s water lightly flavored with fruit, herbs, or vegetables. Slice the fruit or vegetable or crush the herbs and put them in the water, let it remain for two hours, then remove and refrigerate. It has the essence of fruit, vegetable, or herb, but with no calories.

Do you forget to drink water?

There are phone apps that will remind you to drink, track your liquid intake, and provide rewards for reaching your goal. You can set your phone alarm to ring periodically to remind you to drink more water. Develop a schedule and create a habit of drinking more water. Make your schedule coordinate with your day. If you take a break at ten, drink a glass of water. You can even tie it into your restroom break. Think of it as an empty followed by a refill.

Think of all the benefits of drinking more water.

Understanding the benefits of water can help you drink more. Drinking more water can help you lose weight. Studies show if you drink a glass of water before a meal, you’ll eat less. It also helps you burn more calories by providing energy and boosting your metabolism. Consider water, your magic elixir that is the quicker-picker-upper. It outshines coffee in most cases. If you’re fatigued, you may just be mildly dehydrated. Try a glass of water before getting a cup of coffee.

  • You can hydrate by eating watermelon or other high-water-content food. Hydration can also come from the food you eat.
  • The older you get, the faster you dehydrate. In seniors, dehydration can cause symptoms that resemble dementia and senility. If you’re caring for a senior, give them liquids frequently.
  • Drinking water can help with the headache after a night on the town that included too much alcohol. The headache comes from the dehydration caused by drinking alcohol.
  • Regular hydration helps your skin look more youthful. It keeps it plump and prevents wrinkling and drying.

For more information, contact us today at Habitat Health & Fitness

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