Beat the heat and stay healthy by drinking more water.
Summer brings sunshine, and sunshine brings heat and a greater chance of dehydration. As your activity and time spent outside increase, make sure you are getting enough water.
Water’s proven benefits:
- Regulating your temperature.
- Helping the kidneys to function and remove toxins.
- Keeping your skin supple.
- Aiding in weight loss by increasing fullness and replacing sugary drinks.
- Lubricating joints and muscles.
- Enhancing your mood.
- Avoiding kidney stones.
Replenish your fluids.
As the weather heats up, your body starts to sweat to regulate its temperature. In all, you have 2.6 million sweat glands working to keep you cool by releasing fluids through your pores. The key is constantly replenishing this fluid loss.
The amount of water that is right for your body depends on several factors. Another way to calculate the right amount is to divide your body weight in half (using pounds), then drink that many ounces. And listen to your body. Even if you are working out in the water, you are still sweating.
Signs of dehydration.
Pay attention to the signs of dehydration and increase your water intake as needed to avoid serious issues. These signs include:
- Yellow urine – urine will be darker in color when dehydrated.
- Headache/muscle cramps.
- Less urination.