Summers in Texas can take their toll, and many people forget the dehydrated effects summer can have on their bodies. It’s tempting to carry on with the status quo and your normal routine, but if you plan to spend time outdoors or exercising in the heat, it’s important to take added precautions for your health. Here are 5 ways we recommend staying hydrated in the summer heat:
1. Drink Water Above All
The summer heat can make us crave caffeinated beverages and cold alcoholic beverages, but be sure that water is your #1 source of liquid in the summer months. Nothing can hydrate your body like good, old-fashioned H2O. Not to mention, caffeine and alcohol can be dehydrating and have the opposite effect. Sport drinks are also great after a workout, but only in moderation due to their sugar levels.
2. Be Aware of Your Body’s Needs
While all of us need to drink plenty of water in the summer (and year round for that matter), those with specific dietary needs or health conditions may need even more water to properly hydrate. If you struggle with diabetes, heart disease, or another health condition, talk with your doctor about your water intake requirements.
3. Watch Your Urine
It’s not the most pleasant thing, but watching the color of your urine is a good indicator of dehydration. The more hydrated your body, the lighter your urine color.
4. Hydrate More When Exercising
Of course, it’s important to drink water when exercising, but even more so in the hot summer months! This is especially true if you are exercising outdoors or prone to excessive sweating. You’ll need to counteract the water loss through sweat with proper water intake. Not only will this keep you hydrated during the workout, but will aid in recovery post-workout as well.
5. Load Up on Fruits & Veggies
Many fruits and veggies are high in water content, making them an even more vital part of your diet during the summer months. Look to add more watermelon, celery, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and honeydew to your diet in the summer months to aid in hydration.