In honor of Nutrition and Hydration Week, we’re here to help make sure you have the most fun in the sun this spring and summer.
As the spring sunshine approaches, so does the heat. During this time, it is important to remain hydrated because our bodies lose more fluids than normal through sweat. If you begin to feel like you are not staying hydrated enough, follow the below tips to ensure that your body is getting enough fluids to remain healthy not only in the spring and summer, but also year round.
- On average, you should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, but this may vary depending on your weight and activity levels. Listen to your body, as you will know when you need more water.
- If you find yourself increasing your physical activity, make sure you are not only drinking water but also drinking beverages that contain electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium. These beverages include low calorie sports drinks and coconut water. It is important to limit your consumption of sports drinks, as too many can be unhealthy.
- When spending time outside, try to avoid caffeinated beverages included but not limited to coffee, tea and soda. These beverages can actually dehydrate you because they pull fluids from your body. If you find yourself frequently drinking these beverages, make sure you are supplementing with water. This tip also applies to alcohol consumption.
- Lastly, there are also certain foods that can hydrate you. Some of these foods include cucumbers, celery, radishes, tomatoes, spinach, strawberries and watermelon. Not only are these foods tasty on their own, but can sometimes be added to your water to provide additional nutrients and flavor.
Did you know that hydration is also important for mental wellness? A well-hydrated person is more likely to sleep better, remember information easier, and be in a better mood.
Next time you know you’ll be spending time in the sun, remember to refer back to these tips to make sure you are staying healthy and hydrated.