Tips to Stay Hydrated in the Summer Heat
Tips to Stay Hydrated in the Summer Heat
Saudi Arabia has a completely dry and painstakingly hot climate all year round. And the chances are you’re not drinking enough water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to both mild and severe health problems. Therefore, it is vital to combat the toll of heat on your body one way or another.
We’ve compiled a list of tips that anyone could easily follow to beat the heat and stay refreshed all day long while giving absolute prominence to one’s health.
Make it a habit to prioritize your hydration in your day-to-day life. Drink a glass of water or more first thing every morning when you wake up and every night before sleep. You can also try having a glass of water after every meal and snack. Maintaining a regular schedule to drink water can help you in achieving a replenished and refreshed body in no time.
Take Water Breaks
Don’t forget to take water breaks! Always sip in some water or fluids regularly throughout your day no matter what you’re doing to maintain steady levels of body hydration.
Keep Track of Your Hydration level
Learn to keep full track of your water intake level. There are many mobile applications out there that track and tallies the amount of water consumption of your body. These apps will let you set up reminders for every time you want to consume water.
Consume Water-rich Fruits and Vegetables
There’s plenty of fruits and vegetables out there enriched with a very high percentage of water. Strawberries, pineapples, watermelon, lettuce, cucumbers, celery, spinach can act as substantial sources of water which can level up your body’s hydration. The majority of these fruits and vegetables are also very rich sources of valuable vitamins, minerals, and nutrition. Therefore, the consumption of these water-rich food sources can hydrate your body as well as fuel your metabolism.
Limit Extra Salt in Food
Salt can aggravate the level of sodium in your body. Too much salt in your food forces your kidneys to excrete water which can lead to severe cases of dehydration. Therefore, it is best to avoid salty food.
Other Substitutes for Water
It doesn’t always have to be plain water! Certain other fluids and drinks that you consume can also aid in steadying up your hydration levels throughout the heated days. Milk, tea, coffee, fresh fruit juices, and various other forms of fluids can contribute to your day-to-day water intake. However, be mindful enough to lessen the intake of high amounts of caffeinated fluids as it tends to cause people to urinate more often.
Make a Water Bottle Your Everyday Companion
Carrying your very own bottle with you can always come in handy when you are concerned about your rehydration. Our tip is to make use of a reusable bottle that you could fill up with water whenever and wherever you are. Additionally. you can try using smart water bottles out in the market, which will help you track your intake whilst giving you constant reminders on water breaks.
Spice up Your Water
Not a big fan of drinking water? If plain water tastes quite dull and boring to you, you can always spice it up in different ways. You can enhance the flavor of your water by adding herbs or slices of fresh fruit such as lemon, strawberry, or cucumber. The water would be rich with flavor and taste a whole lot better than before after the addition of these fresh fruits to it.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
There is a higher possibility of identifying early stages of dehydration with constant checkups on your urine color. Checking the color of your urine can help you determine whether your body is maintaining a healthy level of fluids. Darker the urine color the more dehydrated you are. Whereas, plain colored urine indicates that your body is maintaining proper levels of hydration.
Other similar symptoms and signs of dehydration include dry mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, less urine flow, nausea, heart palpitations, headache, and rapid breathing. The simplest solution to identify and prevent your body’s dehydration level is to fill it up with as many fluids as to perform at its most optimum and efficient level.
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