As we enter into the summer, the intensity of the heat begins to rise and our body starts to lose a lot of fluid through sweating. Therefore, it is upon us to ensure that we stay hydrated to balance this loss and maintain our bodies general health.
This is the second blog in our four-part series in preparing you to, “Surviving the Summer.”
What is Hydration and Why do our Bodies Need to Stay Hydrated?
Water is essential for the functioning of every living organism. That is why it very important we are constantly providing this to our body. Water has multiple different functions in aiding our body some of which include:
- Helping our Cells Respire – Water contains oxygen. When we drink water, we are increasing the amount of oxygen in our blood. The blood delivers this oxygen to cells all around the body so they can perform aerobic respiration and perform different functions.
- Helping Digest Food – This is fairly simple. Water helps break down the food into smaller bits which makes it easier for our body to digest.
- Helping With Constipation – When you are constipated, water is absorbed away from your stools into the colon. This makes the stool hard to pass by as it becomes hard. Drinking plenty of water will soften the stool and make it easier to pass through.
- Cooling Down our Body – This helps generate sweat which will evaporate from the body and remove heat.
- Lubricating Joints – Drinking water helps your joints remain flexible and therefore allows you to easily move around your muscles.
Five Tips to Stay Hydrated
- Drink Water – Water is the best liquid you can take to hydrate yourself. It is the most purest and cleanest fluid available to us having no calories and harmful additives. It is also the most readily available and cheapest option.
- Drink when you feel thirsty. – It is not necessary for you to suffer by drowning yourself in gallons of water. Thirst is your bodies own signal telling you that you need to drink water so follow this instinct. This may be different if you have a medical condition in which case seek professional medical advice.
- Drink Plenty Before and After and During Intense Physical Activity – During intense activity you will be losing a lot of water through sweat. Hence it is very important that you make sure you make up for this by drinking plenty of fluids. If you are going outside for a run or something similar, you would want to take a water bottle with you.
- Carry a Water Bottle on the Go – This does not mean that you need to drink it all but it will be there if you do feel thirsty. We recommend a BPA-free – Reusable – Stainless Steel Vacuum bottle, free from harmful chemicals, easy to refill and remains hot/cold for long periods of time.
- Staying Cool/Avoiding the Heat – The more you are in the heat, the more you will sweat which means you will be losing more and more fluids. Try to stay indoors as much as you can and wear appropriate clothing for the heat. Check out more tips on, “How to Stay Cool this Summer?” by clicking the link.
Have any other tips to stay hydrated in the summer? Let us know in the comments section below.