During the summer we are outdoors in the heat. We think about sunscreen but not about keeping hydrated.
Water is the most essential nutrient our body needs. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. Dehydration affects coordination, concentration, and body function. Not drinking enough during exercise or on hot days is sure to get you dehydrated. It only takes a loss of 1%-2% of your body’s ideal water content to cause dehydration. 60% of your body weight is made up of water.
Replenishing our bodies’ water levels is important.
Signs of dehydration include:
- Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Dizziness or light headed feeling
- No tears when crying
When you are dehydrated stay away from alcohol and caffeinated deinks like coffee, tea, and soda.
Tips to hydrate:
- Always carry a bottle of water and keep refilling it throughout the day.
- Drink a glass of water with every meal. Thirst is sometimes confused with hunger.
- Drink more water when you are exercising; before, during and after your workout.
- Eat your water. While a tall glass of water is the best known way to stay hydrated, your diet can play a part in keeping you hydrated.
Don’t wait until you notice the signs of dehydration. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.