Now that weather is nice out, odds are you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Hooray for fresh air and natural Vitamin D! In addition to following the American Academy of Dermatology’s guidelines for applying sunscreen, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially when exercising in the heat.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
According to Harvard Medical School, an average adult needs at least six cups of water a day to avoid dehydration. It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces per day. Also, it is possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions, such as thyroid disease or kidney, liver, or heart problems; or if you’re taking medications that make you retain water, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opiate pain medications and some antidepressants. For the exact amount of water you need, consult your physician.
Does Anything Other Than Water Count?
While some of us can drink nothing but plain water all day like a champ, not everyone feels the same way. It’s better to think of fluids as a traffic light. Considering your physician’s recommendations, think of non-carbonated spring or tap water as a green light so drink as much as you like. Unsweetened water that has been enhanced with electrolytes is the constant green arrow as far as hydration is concerned. Unsweetened herbal tea is also a green light as long as it is not caffeinated.
Speaking of caffeine, this is where the light changes colors to yellow. Use caution to proceed because caffeine can actually cause dehydration. Yes, that soda or regular iced tea is a fluid, but it’s not hydrating your body in a healthy way. And while an occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer is also a liquid, these drinks are red lights and can cause dehydration.
Pep Up Your Water And Stay Hydrated
A great way to add a little pep to your water is to add frozen organic berries or fruit slices. Even adding a slice of rind from a peeled orange, lemon or lime gives water a great flavor.
Eat Your Way To Hydration
Summer is the perfect season for watermelon, celery, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, all of which are high in water. Stone fruits are another good choice. These fruits get their name from the pit or “stone” in their center that is encased in a fleshy outer area. These foods are all healthy, and they can help keep you hydrated.
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