Helpful Hydration Tips

hydrationWith the ridiculously high heat during the Statesboro summer, it is especially important to stay hydrated. Water is a key factor and it makes up approximately 60 percent of your body weight. It is used to regulate body temperature, remove waste, lubricate joints, and much more, making it vital for good health.

Your body loses water very easily, even from just breathing! Sweating and using the restroom increase this process making it easy to become dehydrated without you even knowing it. There are several warning signs your body will give you as a heads up of being dehydrated:

– Dry mouth

-No tears when crying

-Extreme thirst

-Headache

-Confusion or dizziness

-Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual

Good news is that becoming re-hydrated is often fairly easy, even after a long run or an intense workout. Your daily intake of water should be between 6 to 8 8 ounce glasses. Does soda count? Not exactly. When it comes to soda, juices, and coffee, you begin to add extra calories and sugar that are not needed in your diet. If you are working out at an intense pace for an over an hour, a low sugar sports drink may be needed to replace electrolytes and carbohydrates, however water will often be all that is needed.

Easy ways to stay hydrated throughout your day:

-Carry a reusable water bottle. Not only does it make it easy to drink water on the go, but it helps eliminate the number of plastic bottlesbottles that will only be thrown away.

-Add a lemon or lime slice to to spice up your plain water if you’re looking for an extra kick.

-Start and end your day with a glass of water. Also try to drink a glass at the top of each hour, making it into a daily habit and routine.

-Drink water at restaurants, it will keep you hydrated and save you a dollar or two!

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