How to stay hydrated this summer

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Proper hydration is important year-round, but what satiated your thirst during winter might not be good enough to keep summer dehydration at bay.

In a 2012 study1 researchers found that some females suffered from lowered moods, found tasks more difficult, and had lower concentration and headaches due to dehydration. Therefore, to get the most out of every day and perform at your best, you need to remember to be aware of the issue and its risks.

Living in a lovely sunny part of the world is a blessing, but hot weather will dehydrate you faster than cooler climates. A workout at the gym, coffee and alcohol will all also lower your hydration levels on top of your usual rate of fluid loss.

It’s important to remember that by the time you start to feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated.

If you notice you are thirsty often, check out some of these tips to avoid reaching your dehydration point.

  1. Start by carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Simply having it in your hand or on a desk in front of you will serve as a good reminder to sip throughout the day. Even having one next to your bed at night will give you a chance to stay hydrated around the clock. Add a little extra zest with lemon juice or mint leaves for a change of flavour occasionally.
  2. Remember other ways to keep up your fluid intake. Other drinks such as milk and low-sugar fruit juice can really help, as well as the hydration you get from fruits and vegetables. Herbal teas are a great option as well, especially as an alternative to coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
  3. Even meat contains more water than you would think2 so having a balanced diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and meat will help to keep your hydration levels healthy.

Remember that water is more than just one of the best ways to rehydrate. It also plays an important role helping with absorption of important vitamins and minerals and flushing out toxins from your body.

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Published November 30, 2014
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