Let’s Welcome Summer Season & Hydrate Ourselves

Summer temperature will be going to be hit. It’s better to prepare your body from now to enjoy the upcoming summer days. In summer we have felt every time thirsty but still, we don’t give full hydration to our body. Why? Just because of not aware of what level of hydration that needs our body. Your body will go in a state of not having enough water for it to function optimally. You may face diarrhea, muscle pain, cramps, weakness, Sweating, Diabetes, and skin aging issues due to dehydration during this season. Dehydration is the major issue of affecting your health in summer. So you have to prepare your body for getting ready to partake in all those outdoor picnics, beautiful hikes, and perfect pool afternoons that you dreamed about all winters.

It’s a fact that every celebrity has a secret of beautiful skin that is hydration. There is a boatload of reasons why staying hydrated is so important. Let’s read some benefits of hydration, signs of dehydration, sources of hydration & finally tips and tricks to get your body hydrated.

Importance of Hydration

Happy Brain:

Hydration Boosts Brain Power as Proper hydration will improve the blood flow and oxygen flow to your brain, strengthening cognitive function and memory and also it balancing mood because water aids in body regulation and brain function, it’s also closely related to balancing mood and emotions

Happy Stomach:

Your digestive tract needs water to function properly and move food waste through the body. In fact, dehydration can cause chronic constipation. This happens because when you've dehydrated your stools become drier, harder and more difficult to pass. That’s why the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases suggests that drinking water and other liquids can help normalize bowel function.        

Happy Skin:

Drinking water keeps your skin moist, supple, and elastic—thus lessening your risk of developing dry issues like dermatitis, aging skin, and infection.

Boost Immunity:

Our immune system is more than just antibodies. Any barrier to the outside world is considered a valuable part of our immune system. Proper hydration ensures adequate production of saliva and keeps our skin from getting dry. Saliva can actually trap potential pathogens and kill them off before they even make it into our bodies.

Weight Loss:

We sometimes mistake our bodies’ cues for thirst and hunger. Drinking enough water throughout the day can actually lead to less calorie consumption. Drinking water instead of soda or sugary juices will quench your thirst—minus the excess calories and plus all the benefits of helping your body flush out the byproducts of the fat and other toxins. So staying properly hydrated can help us lose weight since reaching for a nice glass of water over a snack has quite the caloric advantage.

It is important to check the hydration level mainly in summer seasons. Signs of dehydration are many they include:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • No tears when crying.

Sources of Hydration

Water:

Water is the main component of blood, which supplies cells with oxygen and nutrients and carries waste out of the body. Drink water before you get thirsty. Thirst is a sign that your body is already dehydrated. Therefore, to avoid arriving at this point, remember to sip water throughout the day. Best time you should remember to drinks:

  • After waking up to activate your internal body organs;
  • Before taking a bath to lower blood pressure;
  • Thirty minutes before eating to help in digestion and about an hour later to give the body time to absorb the food's nutrients;
  • Before going to bed to account for any fluid loss as you sleep.

Herbal teas (Infusions):

The leaves from plants such as mint, verbena, linden, balm, and so on give a pleasant aroma and flavor to the water in which they are steeped, which makes infusions a satisfying alternative to people who don’t enjoy drinking plain water. The medicinal properties of the plants do not have a negative effect on the body’s absorption of the water. Note: The benefit does not extend to sweetened infusions, or if the tea is made with plants that have diuretic properties, such as dandelion.

Fruit and vegetable juices:

The water in fruits and vegetables – their juice – is one of the liquids nature has provided for hydrating our bodies. Juice is water bound to a substance.  Because juice can be high in sugar, albeit natural sugar, we should consider juice a secondary resource to be used in moderation. When you do, be sure to drink fresh 100% juice.

Go for the coconut:

Water that is. Coconut water is a mineral-rich liquid from the inside of young, green coconuts. Packed with potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium, coconut water can replenish lost fluids and electrolytes from exercise and hot summer temperatures. Try freezing coconut water ice cubes or pops for a refreshing, hydrating summer treat.

Ice-cream

Ice cream can be chosen as the best treatment for this hot summer season. It not only hydrates you but also makes you feel refreshed. However, in some ice creams, the calorie and fat content is high. That is why you have to make sure that your ice cream does not contain much fat. Frozen curd or yogurt is also a good choice. From these desserts, you can have nutrition for your body.

How Much Water Is Enough?

Contrary to popular belief, there isn't a set amount of water that everybody should drink in a given period of time. The amount that it takes to hydrate one person is different from the amount that it would take to hydrate another person. Factors that determine how much water we should drink include age, body composition, activity level, and the amount of water lost through sweating and breathing.

Tips and tricks to stay hydrated

We always thought to drink plenty of water but somehow we forget to take and get busy in our busy lives. Here are some tips and tricks, which might help to keep regularly hydrated.

  • Try putting a glass of water by your bed to drink right after you wake up.
  • Sip plain water just after having alcoholic drinks
  • Take a bottle which is transparent, so you can see how much or little water you have consumed. This can be a helpful motivator to fill up and drink up.
  • It is the best tool to the anglers, hikers, cycle riders and all others, who are doing outdoor activities. The bladder holds 70 to 100 ounces of water, and a straw remains on the shoulder. You may easily have it to your mouth for drinking water easily
  • If you prefer wide-mouth bottles for how easy they are to fill, look for a lid insert that fits inside the mouth. This will make it easier to sip while you're active.
  • Add fruits and vegetables with high water content to your diet.
  • You must keep some wet and scented napkins with you that are available in medical stores, beauty parlors or retail outlets. You can use them whenever you feel sweaty and devitalized.
  • Make sure to drink fluids during exercise, especially if you're exercising outdoors or in a hotter climate. Aim to stay hydrated.
  • If you're flying this summer, bring a small empty water bottle and refill it once you're in the boarding area. Without the need to buy bottled water, you will save money, limit waste and have access to water throughout your flight. Remember, an airplane cabin is a low-humidity environment, which can leave you dehydrated and more susceptible to jet lag.
  • When you exercise your body sweats, so imagine the extent to which you might sweat on a hot summer while exercising. Drink plenty of water before you begin your routine. It’s better if you make your own energy drinks.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied with drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.

Keep cool and replenish by hydrated yourself in the upcoming summer. Stay fit & live life.