Summer is the season when we over-consume lemonades and ice-creams. It is when the climate gets super-hot in a lot of regions leading to severe problems. Besides causing droughts in several places, people suffer from health issues such as sunburns and dehydration too.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat caused 7,415 fatalities between 1999 and 2010. This is indeed alarming and staying hydrated is much more important than ever. But, is just drinking water enough? Yes & No. There is so much more to staying hydrated than just warer and that is exactly what we are going to discuss.
Don’t just drink, EAT water.
Yes, you read that right! About 20% of our water intake comes from water-rich food. Cucumbers, celery, radishes, tomatoes, cauliflower, peppers, watermelon, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, and grapefruit are just a few of the fruits and vegetables that are high in water. They are all made up of 90% water or more.
Not all beverages are good for you.
It is a little-known truth that some beverages actually dehydrate you! Coffee, sugary sodas, beer, wine, and hard liquor, as well as lemonade, sweet tea, energy drinks, smoothies, and flavored milk, are all to be blamed. They are high in sugar, salt, and other substances that cause your tissues to lose water. Consider replacing some of them on a regular basis or rehydrating with extra water after each dehydrating beverage
Cold showers for the win!
The heat causes us to sweat a lot, hence, losing more water. Although cold showers don’t really hydrate our bodies, they do indeed cool it down in this hot weather and prevent us from sweating too much and losing out on the water. They also calm down our muscles and improve our thoughts.
Plain water sounds boring? Try Infused Water.
Add a few easy additives to your water to make it more interesting. Without artificial sweeteners or preservatives, limes, oranges, berries, lemons, mint, cucumbers, and other fruits enhance the flavour. This might also assist you in drinking more water than normal. This practice of infusing water with fruits has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years.
Coconut is the King.
You should try having coconut water. Because this mineral-rich drink is high in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium, it quickly replaces lost fluids and electrolytes caused by exertion and hot weather. Coconut water is preferable to fruit juice. Fruit juice has more calories and added sugars than coconut water. It also contains a lot of potassium.
Secret Breakfast ingredients: Oatmeal & Chia Seeds.
Is it actually true that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day? It definitely is when you eat a bowl of oats first thing in the morning. Because oats expand as they absorb water, you will receive a delicious meal as well as lots of fluids. You will receive even more water just by eating your oatmeal if you add chia seeds, blueberries, or strawberries. They also absorb water and will keep you satiated until lunchtime.
Most importantly, check for signs.
Are you experiencing dry, irritated, inflamed, itchy, or sensitive skin? This is a symptom of dehydration. Do you have a headache, or are you dizzy or tired? These are also indicators. The colour of your urine is a good measure of how much water you need and can also be a symptom if you are dehydrated. Urine should be clean and light yellow. It’s possible that you’re dehydrated if it’s darker.
Lastly, Drink more water!
The most simple and easy to follow regime is having water at periodic intervals and maintaining a good level of it in your body at all times during summertime.