Keep Your Thirst at Bay: How to Stay Hydrated this Summer
After the last few months, who doesn’t want to get outside? But as we approach the hottest months of the year, dehydration can be a big concern.
Here are a few tips to help you quench your thirst and stay hydrated this summer.
Watch for Signs of Dehydration
If you’re outside in the heat and get a headache, get tired, or your stomach feels upset, you’re showing signs of dehydration and you could be heading for heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
So what’s heat exhaustion? If you find yourself sweating and your pulse racing, your body is overheating. As this Mayo Clinic article shows, there are various symptoms but they are all preventable with the right preparation. And in many cases, by drinking water and getting in a cooler place, you will feel better without a trip to the doctor.
If you ignore the symptoms, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, which is a life-threatening situation. If you start feeling dizzy, sick, have a headache, and notice your skin is a bright red, call 9-1-1. In this instance, the CDC tells us to wait for the paramedics - drinking water is not an option.
Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty
It’s crucial to stay hydrated on a hot day. Drink plenty of water or all-natural juice. However, don’t wait until you’re thirsty; keep drinking throughout the day. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that if you’re active, drink at least 16 ounces of water an hour beforehand and 6 to 12 ounces for every 10 to 15 minutes you stay outdoors.
Try to avoid any caffeine or alcohol; these drinks have an opposite effect on your body. Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate you.
In general, plenty of water should help you avoid dehydration, but if you’re working out or it’s really hot outside, electrolytes from a sports drink can help get your body back on track.
Eat The Right Foods
When enjoying that summer BBQ or picnic, make sure that you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables to help keep you hydrated. Surprisingly, if you like spicy food, you’re in luck. The spicier, the better because you’ll sweat, which acts as your body’s natural coolant.
This year there’s an added factor - masks. Many of us are wearing them as we go into public areas. A mask blocks cooler air from getting to your lungs, so heat builds up inside your body. Once again, make sure you’re drinking all the water your body needs.
Keeping track can be tough when you’re distracted by friends and family. So, make it foolproof with a smart bluetooth water bottle that lets you know when you need to take a sip.
We hope that these tips help you have a safe, hydrated summer!