Water is an essential part of our life. The human body is made up of over seventy percent water. So drinking plenty of fluids to maintain and replenish water levels is vital for things like muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion, and even mood.
Today people are so much busy in their work and lives that they barely have time to eat or drink at proper intervals of time. You can find yourself go hours and hours without drinking water, during your work or either at home. With his scorching heat outside, heat waves, heat rashes and dehydration is seen common among people nowadays.
Staying hydrated helps you maintain your energy and focus, so you can work more efficiently through out the day and stay healthy, so it’s important to give your drinking habits the attention they deserve.
While it’s true that a tall glass of water is the best known way to stay well hydrated, but there are plenty of alternative options also if you don’t like the taste of plain water or could not carry a water bottle all the time. And hotter temperatures, along with physical exertion, can increase the need for water. So how can we make sure we’ll get enough?
lets look at few simple tips to stay hydrated in the summer :
1) Pack it from home
The best way to make sure you’ll have enough water? Bring it with you. Always carry a bottle of drinking water in your bag when going out. Pack a few of them to your outdoor trips from home. This way you will have enough water without being worrying about the quality of the outside water and also spare yourself of spending a lot of money on packaged water.
2) Mix it up
Though water is the most hydrating drink but it can get boring sometimes. So try mixing it up with other beverages like fruit juices and smoothies. Just make sure you try to avoid natural diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol and too much sugar.
3) Eat those fruits
Nothing works better than the water when it comes to drinking and staying hydrated but there are a lot of summer friendly fruits and veggies which can also help with hydration. By eating water-rich foods like vegetables and fruits you’will automatically up your fluid intake. Watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, celery, lettuce etc are almost 90% water and are perfect for staying hydrated. So Next time you are feeling thirsty, pile these on your plate.
4) Sip on sports drinks or coconut water
When we sweat, we lose electrolytes, which are minerals found in the blood that help to regulate (among other things) the amount of water in the body. Research suggests that sports drinks, such as Powerade and Gatorade, can help rehydrate our bodies because they contain electrolytes, which plain old water does not.
Want a more natural alternative? Coconut water! It contains a host of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes which can keep dehydration at bay. (read more about coconut water)
5) Drink that tea
Sip on a mug of herbal tea every evening. If you make this a habit, you’ll add an extra cup of fluid to your tally every single day. On top of that, this relaxing ritual is a wonderful way to de-stress at the end of the day. (read more about tea)
6) Hydrate before exercise
Always begin exercise well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and within the hour before, during and after your exercise session. Avoid alcohol the day before or the day of a long exercise bout, and avoid exercising with a hangover.
7) Listen to your body
When the temperature and activity levels rise it’s even more important to listen to your body and take breaks if you start to feel light-headed, feel overheated or if you develop a headache. These are warning signs that something is not right. Don’t ignore them!
Few quick tips to keep in mind in this heat
Always carry a water bottle, and if you have desk job, always keep one at your desk. If you have a bottle within arms reach, it’s very likely that you’ll mindlessly sip from it throughout the day, without having to make a conscious effort.
Be sure to eat fruits and vegetables, which are great sources of water, daily not only to stay hydrated, but also to maintain optimal health.
Have a glass of water before each meal.
After each trip to the restroom, drink a glass of water to replenish your fluids.
Set reminders on your phone, watch, or e-mail to drink every hour.
Add a slice of lemon, or mint to your water to give it some flavor without adding any extra calories
To measure your hydration status, examine the color of your urine. If you’re hydrated, your urine will appear to be a very pale yellow and almost clear.But If your urine is much darker and strong in color, this means that your body is dehydrated.
So Stay safe, drink water, eat healthy, have fun and have a great summer!!