Spring heat is on its way, giving us a preview of the summer to come. Are you starting to miss the fall weather? I know I am. As the heat approaches, we want to stay hydrated to avoid dehydrating or heat-related illness.
During the spring and summer time, there are plenty of drinks available than they are in the fall or winter. From lemonade to iced coffee and ice tea, there are plenty of drinks to choose from, but how much of them are right for you and are they providing you with enough water?
Benefits of Water
When the weather begins to get warmer, staying hydrated can pose a challenge for some. We need to keep in mind during warm and hot days; we are losing water through our sweat. Not to mention, there are environmental conditions that play a factor in how much water we should drink. For example, a humid environment can require us to take more fluids than usual.
We know the warmer weather is enticing to get us to go out. Whether it’s going to the lake, going for a hike, or playing outside, the warm weather is ideal to be outside and enjoying it before the colder seasons. However, we need to be replacing the water we lose to stay hydrated and healthy.
Water is critical to our well-being. The benefits of drinking water go a long way than satisfying our thirst. It helps our body in many ways such as
- Regulates the body temperature (keeps it stable)
- Lubricating and cushioning the joints
- Protects the spinal cord and other sensitive tissue
- Helps the digestive system
- Gets rid of waste through urination
- Promotes skin health
We need water to help our body function and keep it healthy. When we lose or don’t take in as much water as we require, our body begins to dehydrate, affecting our body functions. Some early signs of dehydration are a dry mouth, feeling lethargic, or dizziness.
There are plenty of ways we can stay hydrated, even for those of us who do not like drinking water. Instead of having sugary drinks, consider other alternatives to gaining the water your body needs.
A nice cold soda would go great with lunch or dinner, but there are other alternatives to having a good drink with delicious food. After all, summer is on the way and outside dining is big, so why not have fun with drinks which contain less added sugar. You can flavor your water or make drinks with your favorite fruits by
- Adding slices of lemon, cucumber, or other fruits to give your water flavor.
- Blending fruit to make your watermelon water or lemonade water.
- Sparkling water.
- Coconut water
Aside from drinking, you can eat fruits that can supplement your water intake. Even soups are a good source of staying hydrated. As the heat begins to settle in, staying cool and hydrated is essential to our body functions. You want to avoid going outdoors during midday when the sun is at its peak. Storing water in the freezer will allow you to have cold water throughout the day; just make sure it is a water bottle safe to put in the freezer.
Remember to stay hydrated during the spring and summer seasons! Have fun but make sure you have your water bottle filled to keep you refreshed and cooled.
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