Summer Hydration:

The beach is my favorite spot to visit in the summer.  There’s something about the water, sun and warm sand between my toes.  I feel like all my problems melt away and there’s a sense of peace and tranquility.  

I usually pack my sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and towel.  But it seems like I’m missing something very important. Water!

Water is one of the most important things for our body yet at times can be forgotten in the summer fun. Water is essential because it regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, transports nutrients, and circulates blood.  However, if we become dehydrated, our bodies ability to perform these essential functions become compromised.  Therefore, it is essential we hydrate frequently, especially in the summer heat. 

Below are three tips to help you stay hydrated this summer. 

Hydrate with water

Soft drinks and soda contain water, but they also contain something called a diuretic, which causes your body to lose water. This in turn can lead to dehydration. 

Hydrating with water is the better choice as it contains zero calories and is generally cheaper than sports drinks.  People have various water needs based on weight and how much they sweat, but the general recommendation for daily water intake is 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water.  Keep in mind this number changes during the summer. 

Refuel with fruits and veggies 

Fruits and veggies, which contain high water content, are great snacks to refuel your body.  Oranges, grapes, carrots, lettuce, and berries are all high in water content.  

If you don’t have fresh fruit, frozen fruit is a great substitute.  Keep frozen fruit in your freezer and add some to a healthy and delicious smoothie. 

Check in with yourself

Monitor your body, especially when you exercise, to determine if you are developing symptoms of dehydration.  If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or overly exhausted during exercise, take a break and hydrate yourself.  Your body fatigues faster during the summer so it is a good idea to take it easy.  Lower your expectations on your next run or exercise session. 

Summer is meant to be enjoyed but remember to bring your water with you.  Stay safe and healthy!