A Word About Hydration
It's that time of year...lots of sunshine, outdoor activities, vacations and more. We're outside moving and grooving, soaking up the rays, splashing in the water and having an overall great time!
It's also the time to be extra diligent on staying hydrated!
While you may know everything we're about to cover, it never hurts to have a friendly reminder. 🙂
The definition of "hydration" is "the process of providing an adequate amount of liquid to bodily tissues."*
Why is it Important?
- Our bodies are comprised mainly of water (60% or more)
- Regulates functions like metabolism, waste elimination, heart rate, body temperature, cell function, etc.
- As little as a 2% dehydration can cause decline in performance
What are Symptoms of Dehydration?
- Dry mouth
- Dark urnine
- Confusion, weakness and loss of consciousness (severe dehydration) - seek medical help if you experience
My Suggestions and Tips
- If you have trouble remembering to drink, set an alarm on your phone, watch or computer to remind you.
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you - preferably glass or stainless steel.
- If you don't like the "taste" of water, try it at different temperatures (cold vs room temperature) or add a bit of flavor with fruit infused water. You can also add a drop or two of essential oil.
- Remember to compensate (drink extra) when you're susceptible to losing more water than normal. This includes exercising, being outside on a warm day and/or medications that have a diuretic effect.
- What about sports drinks? Honestly it depends on your electrolyte levels. Most commercial brands have high levels of sugar (even worse High Fructose Corn Syrup), artificial colors, artificial flavors and/or artificial sweeteners. Healthier options include coconut water (keep an eye on the sugar) or a homemade version CLICK HERE for a starter recipe.
What's your favorite way to stay hydrated? Drop me a line in the comments below!
* "hydration." The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. 02 Jun. 2015.