Staying Hydrated in Summer – It’s More Than Just Drinking Water
The key (and most important aspect) to staying hydrated is to drink plenty of water.
Sometimes that is easier said than done; when you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated – so it’s important to drink water regularly even if you don’t feel particularly thirsty.
Some ideas on how to keep hydrated include:
Keeping a glass of water with you at home and carrying a water bottle when you travel are good reminders to replenish your fluids regularly. Looking for some variety? You can also make a large pitcher of sugar-free iced tea to keep in your fridge for a refreshing – and hydrating – drink. Or try a refreshing sugar-free popsicle to get additional liquids. You could also opt to infuse tasty fruits into your water, such as lemon, lime, orange, berries and even apple!
Remember that staying hydrated isn’t just about drinking a lot of water. There are a number of other precautions you can take to avoid dehydration during the summer.
Tips to avoid dehydration – other than drinking water in Summer:
Stay inside when possible, especially during the hottest part of the day, and try to stay in the shade while spending time outside.
Wearing white clothing can assist in avoiding dehydration, too. Lighter colours reflect the sun, which will keep you cooler on warm days. You can also use a bottle to spray yourself lightly with water if you’re spending time outside gardening or during rigorous physical activity.
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