How To Stay Hydrated, Healthy, and Cool This Summer
Adequate summer hydration is important for feeling your best this summer. Learn how to give your body the fluids it needs with help from Herhydration.
Hydration is always important, but now that summertime is upon us, we’re going to sweat a lot more! When the heat sets in, so does the thirst! Let’s talk about the unique summer dangers dehydration causes, and the best ways to beat the heat with lots of water and help from Herhydration.
Why Is Hydration Important in Summer?
Summer is a time for barbecues, days on the lake, and lots of fun in the sun. While we like to focus on the best things about summer, it’s important to realize that this is also the time of year when many people suffer the effects of dehydration.
Staying hydrated is often the last thing on our minds when we’re living it up during summer vacation. But adequate water intake should always be at the forefront of our minds during the summer months. Extreme heat can quickly deplete our water reserves and lead to mild dehydration (or worse!)
There’s nothing that can put a damper on your summer plans more quickly than dehydration or heat exhaustion. To keep that from happening, you need to make staying hydrated one of your primary goals this summer. Remember, water makes up approximately 65% of your body weight, so make sure you drink enough of it when the temperature rises. Luckily, we have a hydration tip or two to help you maintain adequate fluid intake this summer.
Does the Amount of Water I need To Drink Change in Summer?
Do you ever wonder, “How much water should I drink in the summer”? If you’re used to drinking a certain amount of water during the winter and spring, you may think you can maintain that same amount of water intake during the hotter months and be fine. But doing so could be a recipe for disaster. It is more important to stay hydrated in the heat than it is in cold temperatures.
Most people need to dramatically increase their water intake during the summer heat because they experience a lot more fluid loss due to increased physical activity and high temperatures. Both of these things cause the human body to sweat more. That’s why staying hydrated is so important when the temperature rises.
A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water during the summer months that your urine stays light yellow or clear. Frequent urination is a sign of adequate hydration. We know, it’s super annoying when you have to take bathroom breaks while you’re having fun. But trust us, it would be even more annoying to get rushed to the hospital because of severe dehydration!
One strange thing about dehydration is that it can sometimes cause extreme thirst or it can fail to activate our thirst trigger at all. Some people feel nauseous when they don’t get proper hydration, and that nauseous feeling might make them avoid the very thing their body needs most—water.
So if you’re ever out in the heat and you start to get a headache, feel fatigued, and get a little nauseous, you’re probably dehydrated. Get more fluid in your body ASAP girl, even if you don’t feel thirsty!
How Can I Reduce Summer Thirst?
This may sound like a simplistic answer, but the best way to reduce summer thirst is to satiate it by drinking more water. Give your body what it needs and that annoying sensation of thirst should go away on its own.
Sometimes, though, persistent thirst even after drinking a lot of water could mean that your body actually needs electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals that our bodies need to keep functioning like normal. The tricky thing about electrolytes is that they hang out in our sweat, blood, and urine. That means we lose electrolytes every time we go to the bathroom, exercise, or simply spend a lot of time in the heat.
Because we lose a lot of electrolytes through sweat, many athletes rely on fruit juice or their favorite sports drink to replenish electrolyte levels. Plain water doesn’t contain enough electrolytes to replace electrolytes lost due to exercise or participating in strenuous outdoor activity during the summer. But sports drinks and fruit juices are loaded with sugar (which can be dehydrating). Herhydration is a better option because it doesn’t contain any added sugars.
What Is the Danger of Dehydration in Summer?
We need to watch out for dehydration in the summer because it could quickly lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke if we aren’t careful. Dehydration happens when there is more fluid leaving your body than coming into your body. Dehydration can result from many different things, including:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Failing to drink sufficient water
- Heavy sweating from exercise or excessive heat
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Some medications (such as water pills that help your body rid itself of excess salt and fluid)
- Drinking too many energy drinks or other drinks with caffeine
A common mistake many of us ladies make is reaching for a soda when we’re feeling thirsty. Unfortunately, caffeine is a diuretic (which means it causes our bodies to lose more fluids than usual). So, if you’ve ever wondered how in the world you can still feel thirsty after drinking 32 ounces of your favorite soda, it’s probably because the caffeine is making you even more dehydrated than you were before! If adequate summer hydration is your goal, ditch the soda and drink water instead.
How Can I Keep Up With Dry Weather?
Dry weather can steal moisture from your skin, so it’s even more important to stay hydrated when humidity is low. One of the best ways to keep hydrated in dry weather is to drink more water than you would normally. If you notice that you’re not urinating as frequently as you should, increase your water intake.
Sometimes it’s easier to sip on water consistently throughout the day than it is to drink higher volumes of water less frequently. Your stomach can only comfortably handle so much water at once, but sipping frequently on water throughout the day can help you meet your hydration needs without stomach discomfort.
What Summer Fruits and Veggies Can Keep Me Hydrated?
Maintaining a healthy hydration status doesn’t necessarily mean you need to chug tap water all day (gross!). Many of your favorite summertime fruits and veggies are rich in water content and can help meet your daily hydration needs. Here are a few of the best foods to enjoy for their high water content (and their taste!).
- Portobello mushrooms
Some of these foods contain up to 95% water! In addition to water, these foods also contain many other nutrients that can help you reach your healthy living and weight loss goals when consumed in moderation. There are many other hydrating food and drinks you can enjoy to avoid dehydration this summer. Find your favorites and always keep some nearby so they’re easy to snack on when you need to boost your water intake.
How Can Herhydration Give Me That Needed Boost This Summer?
In addition to drinking frequently from a reusable water bottle this summer, we strongly suggest that you keep a packet of Herhydration with you anytime you need an electrolyte boost. This powerful rehydration formula doesn’t contain any added sugar and is free from caffeine and other stimulants.
The main ingredient in Herhydration is coconut water, which provides sustained energy and electrolyte support. To learn more about this invigorating product and other Mixhers products that support female health, visit Mixhers resources. We’ll see you over there!