Staying Hydrated Any Time Any Where
Staying hydrated needs to occur all year, but especially when temperatures are warm. During warmer months we tend to be out and about more, so figuring out how to not get dehydrated is even more important. Part of staying hydrated is knowing when you are dehydrated. So let’s look at signs of dehydration and then tips for staying hydrated.
According to Healthline.com, these are signs and symptoms of dehydration:
- increased thirst
- dry mouth
- infrequent urination
- dry skin
Dehydration can happen from sweating, illness (such as vomiting), or medications. Be aware of medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might affect your hydration.
Also, by the time you have symptoms, you are dehydrated, so use these tips to stay hydrated and avoid getting dehydrated and not feeling good.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
Now that you know what to watch for, here are tips for staying hydrated.
Water is your best friend when it comes to staying hydrated. It is inexpensive and has no added sugars or calories. Your body needs water so give it what it wants.
At times, you may find that you need to replace sodium, but that is usually only the case when you are in extreme heat or involved in an endurance activity. For the majority, your diet will provide the sodium you need.
If plain water is not your thing, try infusing it with fruit like lemon, lime, watermelon, or berries. Or try mixing in Pollen Burst, Replenish, Rebound, or one of the other options Youngevity offers.
Coffee and tea are a mixed bag. They contain water, which means they provide hydration, but the caffeine can contribute to dehydration when you drink large amounts due to the diuretic effect caffeine has on your system. No need to cut it out of your day, just drink it in moderation, especially when it is hot or you are exerting yourself.
Fruits and vegetables often are 80-99% water, which means they provide hydration. Plus, they provide nutrients your body needs. When looking for high water content in fruits and veggies, try berries, melons, oranges, grapes, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, and spinach. If you don’t have fresh fruits and veggies available, frozen is a great alternative and contain the same nutrition and water content the fresh versions have.
If you’re going to be out and about, pack some fruit in baggies to have on hand when you get thirsty and/or hungry.
Hydrate throughout the day rather than all at once. Most people find it helpful to have a bottle that they have by their side at all times. To make sure you are getting enough, start your day off by drinking one to two glasses (16 ounces), then drink a glass or two with meals and snacks, and wrap up your day with another glass.
As you leave the house, take that water bottle with. Consider storing water bottles in your car for emergencies or stop by a store or gas station if you run out.
Armed with these tips, we hope you are prepared to enjoy your outdoor activities while staying hydrated. Enjoy your summer!