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Staying Hydrated This Summer

posted Jul 21, 2017, 9:08 AM by
We know it’s important to stay hydrated, but do we really know how important it really is? The answer is, very. Our bodies are 60% water by weight and the water we drink helps to keep our blood pressure and body temperature in check. Not to mention, water also helps to keep our joints lubricated, it helps in moving out waste from our bodies and helps in regulating digestion.

The Heat is On!

The warmer temperatures of summer mean that we lose more water through sweating and evaporation. This is how our bodies stay cool after all, as we discussed in last week’s blog post. If we lose too much water we become dehydrated, which can lead to muscle cramps, fatigue, and extreme thirst.

But did you know that dehydration also affects our brains? That’s right! Our brain is more than 70% water, which means that when we don’t drink enough water, our thinking and cognition can suffer. In fact, a 2% loss in body water weight (which is about 3 pounds for a 150 pound person) can lead to short-term memory, attention, and visual-motor issues.

Other signs of dehydration include loss of appetite, dry mouth, mild constipation and temporary lightheadedness, so be on the lookout for those.

Getting Plenty of Fluids

  1. Make sure to drink enough. The average person needs about 8 to 10 cups of water each day.
  2. Always have it on hand. Invest in a reusable water bottle to make sure you always have your fluids on hand.
  3. Infuse with flavor. If you’re not a big fan of water on its own, consider infusing it with fresh fruit for some flavor.
  4. Eat your water. That’s right! Juicy vegetables and fruits like cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, radishes, bell peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli and grapefruit are all made up of at least 90% water.

Here are some more tips, if you are staying extra active this summer.