Summer is a time for relaxation, fun, and sun. It’s also a time to pay extra close attention to hydrating your body.
Proper hydration is essential for every single cell in your body. Keeping hydrated can aid in multiple bodily functions to ensure you stay healthy and energetic during the warmer months. Hydration can give you healthier teeth, bones, and skin as well as helping to improve your digestion and energy levels. Additionally, hydration is an essential part of building muscle and reducing water retention and bloating in the body.
Drinking enough water and eating water-rich foods is important all year round but requires a little extra attention during the warmer months. When temperatures rise, our bodies sweat to cool the surface of our skin. You may not even know you’re sweating since it’s just a small amount indiscernible and constant throughout the day, but our bodies need to hydrate that much more.
Exercise at the gym or being active outside can dehydrate our bodies further. Signs of dehydration include sleepiness, headaches, and urine that is darker than normal. More severe symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever than can put you out when you want to be enjoying the weather the most.
Other factors such as the foods and drinks we consume, can affect how dehydrated our bodies become. Too much coffee or alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on the body as well as common processed and salty foods found at a summer BBQ.
The good news is, with a little attention, it’s easy to stay hydrated every day and reap the benefits of hydration all summer long.
Each body is different, but a good rule of thumb to start with is dividing your body weight in half to get the approximate number of ounces of water you should be drinking every day. Add more water to this baseline depending on factors such as exercise, time in the sun, and dehydrating foods and drinks consumed.
For example, if you weigh 130 pounds, you should aim to drink at least 65 ounces of water every day. If you then play beach volleyball for an hour and follow that up with a margarita and chips, you’ll want to drink several glasses more to compensate for the fluids lost.
Make sure to get your water from a good source — spring water is ideal. At Organic Avenue, our water is naturally alkaline Spring Water with a 7.8 pH to support your healthy system.
Add a booster shot to your water suck as alkalizing lemon, soothing aloe, or oxygenating chlorophyll for added benefits.