Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
By Sara Butler
It’s time for summer fun in the sun! While staying hydrated is important all year long, the higher temperatures in the summer mean you have to be even more diligent to get adequate water throughout the day. Here are some tips that will make it easy to get your daily dose of the wet stuff all summer long!
The Dangers of Dehydration
What happens if you don’t get enough water? Well, it can be pretty serious and happen much quicker than you might think. One of the main reasons people become dehydrated is the heat. You may be thinking that you know how to spot the signs of dehydration, but consider the following:
- As you get older, your ability to recognize thirst diminishes
- Your body is made up of about 60 percent water
- Losing 2 percent of your water content makes you dehydrated
Dehydration symptoms include:
- Muscle weakness
- Kidney failure
Some symptoms of dehydration can be severe, but you can take precautions to make sure you never reach that level!
Strategies for Hydration
There are a few very easy things you can do to make sure you stay hydrated this summer. You should:
- Drink water – This is obvious, but if you can make a habit of carrying around water with you, then it will be easier to remember to drink it. Sip on water throughout the day. If you want to add some flavor, try lemons, cucumbers, or mint.
- Eat right – Water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated since many foods have high water content, too. Make sure to eat foods high in water such as watermelon, celery, cucumbers, citrus fruit, and carrots. Take them along as a snack when you’re going to be enjoying the outdoors.
- Avoid certain drinks – An ice cold soda or frozen margarita may sound nice on a hot summer day, but may only make you more dehydrated. Alcohol can be especially dangerous when you’re out in the heat, so make sure if you’re enjoying an adult beverage that you have two glasses of water for every one alcoholic beverage.
- Avoid overexertion – Exercise is great for you, but be smart about it in the heat. If you like to exercise outside, do it before or after the hottest part of the day. Otherwise, you can really put yourself in danger.
Getting enough to drink isn't difficult, but it's really important! So do what you have to in order to make sure you don't become dehydrated.
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