Monday, June 29, 2015

Avoiding Dehydration In Summer Months

The summer months are a time to get outside and get active; sports, festivals, afternoons at the beach- you name it. During these outings, we need to remember to stay hydrated.  Water is the most important, and often times the most forgotten nutrient during the hot summer months. Make sure to stay hydrated in the summer heat this year with some of these helpful tips.
Drink, Drink, Drink
If you are planning to be outside for long periods of time, it is important to drink water before, during and after any activity. Also, if you’re planning to be outside and doing physical activity for more than an hour in the heat, make sure to grab a sports drink that contains electrolytes to consume during or after your workout. This will replenish your body and keep you hydrated and cool.

Avoid Alcohol
If you know in advance that you are going to be out in the heat, make sure to avoid alcohol the night before your outing. Being in the heat for long periods of time while consuming alcohol actually causes you to lose more of your body's fluid.  However, if you do plan to consume alcohol outdoors, try to give yourself plenty of time in the shade so you can avoid being overly dehydrated and overheated. For every alcoholic beverage you consume, have a non-alcoholic one to follow.

Eat the right foods
Fruits and veggies contain tons of water that can keep you hydrated. Things such as berries, watermelon, grapes and carrots are great to eat throughout the day to keep you hydrated.  These food items are also great for grilling, picnics or any outdoor get-togethers.
Avoid energy drinks
Some people think that energy drinks are a great way to stay hydrated because of the energy and fruit juice they contain, however this is completely wrong.  When you are in the summer heat, do your best to avoid these sugary drinks, as they can actually be counterproductive to hydration. Instead try a fruit infused water to keep you refreshed, while also making your taste buds happy!

Staying hydrated during the summer is something many people forget to do.With all the   Although it is one of the most important things to do to keep our bodies hydrated and healthy.  Make sure to avoid dehydration and heat-related illness by following these helpful tips and keeping yourself hydrated whenever necessary.