July 2015

How To Stay Hydrated This Summer

Getting your daily intake of water is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. Drinking your daily required intake of water enhances digestion, can help to clear up your skin, boost energy, control your appetite, detox your system, and aid in replenishing your body’s natural vitamin resources, in addition to a number of other just as significant benefits from drinking your daily dosage of H2O.

Particularly in these hot summer months - it’s of the utmost importance to drink more water. The recommended amount is typically about half of your body weight in ounces. For instance if you way 180lbs, then you should be drinking about 90oz of water per day. The best way to tell if you’re dehydrated is taking a look at your urine in the restroom. If the color of your urine has a strong yellow almost mustard color you are dehydrated.

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Remember, some of your water hydration may come from fruits and vegetable or non-caffeinated beverages.

Make hydration a priority by making it a habit.

- Carry a refillable water bottle with you everywhere you go.

- Have a glass of hot water in the morning and evening, or opt for tea.

- Eat foods rich in water like vegetables, fruits and yogurt. You’ll add more water to your daily intake without realizing it.

- Drink enough water to prevent thirst

- When exercising make sure to hydrate more so than normally periodically, think in terms of sweat. Your body is losing extra water, so your body will need to rehydrate its losses.

As a rule of thumb if you’re having trouble getting hydrated – typically if you’re running to the bathroom as much as you are drinking water - add a pinch of salt o your water bottle, this will help your body begin to absorb the water and its nutrients, rather than having it flush right through you.

If all else fails, consult with your general practitioner or have some bloodwork done just to check your levels and be on the safe side.

Dehydration can cause a number of scary side effects such as extreme thirst, heat stroke, irritability and confusion, skin and mucous membranes, sunken eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and fainting, all of which can be easily avoided with drinking enough water!