Stay Hydrated in the Summer Heat

Posted on July 20, 2018. Filed under: Health, Hydration | Tags: , , , , , , , |

water for hydrationBy Dr. Greg Steiner

Staying hydrated is one of the best things we can do to help keep our body running efficiently.  It’s recommended we drink at least 12-16 glasses daily.  Our bodies depend on water and every cell, tissue and organ in it needs water to survive.  Our bodies are comprised of about 70% water and it has a myriad of functions.  It’s a lubricant which helps keep joints more supple and flexible and provides a protective cushion against shock in vulnerable areas like the brain and spine.  It also helps regulate body temperature by producing sweat which evaporates as a means of cooling the body.  Furthermore, it necessitates chemical reactions which make proteins and carbohydrates usable to the body.  Water is also used to transport nutrients all throughout the body.  We could live without food for a few weeks, but not water!

Knowing when we’re getting dehydrated may be difficult to recognize, but here are some signs of dehydration:

  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Darker colored urine & decreased amount
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Bad breath or dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Scaly dry skin or lips

Drinks that work against your hydration goals include caffeine containing liquids such as soda, tea, and coffee, and even energy drinks.  Caffeine causes a diuretic effect in which you lose water content thereby making you more dehydrated.  Alcoholic beverages like wine or beer can also dehydrate because liquor removes water from your tissues causing the need to increase water intake even more to offset the effects.  If alcohol is consumed, make it a point to consume one glass of water per alcoholic drink consumed (can help stave off a hangover as well).   Also avoid overly sugar laden drinks like sweet tea, lemonade and sweetened fruit juices.

Obviously good ‘ol plain water is best to stay hydrated but for flavor and variety you can add an infusion of fruit.  Milk works well and so does watermelon (though it isn’t a drink, it’s helpful in fluid retention).  Sports drinks with electrolytes are great if you’ve been involved in athletic activity and want to replenish.  Just be sure to read the labels and check sugar and carb content.  Also try caffeine free tea sweetened with a little stevia or drink unsweetened coconut water.

Tips to help you stay hydrated:

  1. Carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day and fill it up when empty. Some folks even carry around a gallon jug filled with water and sip off it all day long so they know they are drinking enough!
  2. Add a slice of lemon or lime to enhance the taste of your water
  3. When you feel hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.  It can also help you feel more full
  4. If you have trouble remembering to drink water, schedule times to do it such as the beginning of every hour or right away when you wake up, at every meal, etc…

 

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