Spending hours outside in the sun is the perfect way to enjoy the summer weather. But unfortunately, it can cause strain on your body. With the constant heat and dry air, it becomes easier to become dehydrated, which can have a dangerous impact on your body. Just as you would for a workout, reward yourself with plenty of water breaks.
Luckily for all you outdoor lovers, and inside people too, staying hydrated in the summer can easily be adopted into your everyday lifestyle. Here are a few simple ways to keep your body hydrated this summer.
Drinking Plenty of Water
Drinking water is the most obvious and most common way to stay hydrated. A common rule for drinking water is that you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day to stay adequately hydrated.
TIP: The thought of eight glasses of water can be daunting, try to spread out your glasses of water throughout the day, so you are continuously hydrating. If you want to add some flavor, infuse your water with flavorful fruit!
Fat-Free or Skim Milk
You’ve grown up hearing that milk gives you stronger bones and teeth, but it is also great for rehydrating after physical activity. Just be sure to choose reduced-fat milk. The fats found in whole milk can slow down your body’s rehydration process.
TIP: If you don’t like the taste of plain milk, almond or cashew milk are other low-fat options.
Eating Foods With High Water Content
There are other ways to refuel your body while nourishing it with essential nutrients. Retain water by eating it, as strange as that sounds. It is recommended that some of our water intake should come from food. Some of the best foods to get water from are fruits and vegetables such as:
- Watermelon: 92 percent water
- Cucumbers: 96 percent water
- Strawberries: 92 percent water
- Celery: 95 percent water
- Lettuce: 96 percent water
TIP: An easy and tasty way to eat enough fruit to rehydrate is by making a smoothie. This will cool you off in the summer sun and leave your body happy!
Don’t Ignore the Signs of Dehydration
The worst thing you could do is ignore the visible signs of dehydration. Not sure how to tell if you’re low on fluids? Feeling a dry throat is a big giveaway. Other ways you can tell if dehydration is setting in include:
- Checking your tongue for color – white means dehydrated
- Pinching the skin on your hand – if it stays pinched, you need water
- If your urine is a strong color, drink another glass – clear urine is healthy
TIP: Carry a bottle with you for easier access at the beach, shopping, or other locations where water is not readily available. Save the environment some hassle and opt for the refillable bottles.
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Staying hydrated this summer doesn’t have to be a hassle or a lifestyle change. You have probably already been doing these things to hydrate your body and not even realized. So stock up on fruit, fill up your water bottle, and hydrate on!
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