Beat The Heat- Stay Hydrated During Summer!
It’s no secret that getting your recommended intake of water helps your body function properly, so staying hydrated is essential for your healthy living check list. Though many of us simply assume that we are hydrated enough, it is essential that we make absolutely certain – especially when it’s hot outside. Summer sunshine brings heat and a greater chance of dehydration along with it. With increased time spent outside, we all need to make sure we are getting enough water. The key is constantly replenishing this fluid loss.
Follow these 5 tips to stay hydrated no matter the weather
Know how much to hydrate –
Check our water intake calculator on Facebook or Twitter to find out the average recommendation for your body weight. During really hot weather however, aim to increase this to about 2 cups an hour – more if you are exercising!
Eat lots of water-filled foods –
Fruits and vegetables are full of water and count towards your water intake goals for the day. Fruits like watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, pineapple and oranges are nearly 90% water. Vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, cabbage and peppers are also about 90% water.
Keep a water bottle with you –
Get yourself a reusable water bottle and always keep it with you. You can refill anytime and having it on hand will encourage you to drink before you are even thirsty.
Avoid alcoholic beverages –
Alcohol is a diuretic and will cause you to urinate more frequently, so it’s best to either limit yourself or not drink any at all if you want to stay hydrated.
Pay attention to your thirst –
Only feel a little thirsty? Take a drink anyway. Your body may be signaling that you are a little dehydrated so better safe than sorry.