Getting enough water every day is important for your health, but especially during the hot summer months. It is no surprise that with the warmer temperatures, you’ve probably been spending more time outside. Whether you are exercising, doing yard work or socializing at a distance with family and friends, you are most likely sweating more, too. Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, lubricate joints and protect spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
So how do you know you are getting enough water throughout the day? These are just a few signs that your body may not be getting the proper amount of water to function properly.
- Little or no urine.
- Urine is darker yellow or amber color.
- Dry mouth.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Sleepiness or fatigue.
While plain water is the best for staying hydrated, other drinks and foods can also help prevent dehydration. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Fruits and vegetables are also water-rich foods that can contribute to your hydration level. If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:
- Start your day by filling up a reusable bottle of water before making your morning coffee or tea and keep that bottle with you throughout the day.
- If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to it. You can also check out these infused water recipes from the American Heart Association
- Drink water during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not only will this schedule time for you to rehydrate, but it may also help you feel fuller, preventing overeating.
- Drink water before, during and after exercise.
- Eat Your Water with these water-rich foods.
- Try these low-calorie drink options great anyone, but especially those managing conditions such as Diabetes