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Tips to Stay Properly Hydrated This Summer

Tips to Stay Properly Hydrated This Summer


Temperatures have been rising to over 120 degrees in the southwest recently, so we would like to share some useful tips about staying properly hydrated in the heat.  Dehydration is very dangerous and has a number of negative side effects. Extreme thirst and fatigue are common and uncomfortable results of dehydration, but severe dehydration can cause major health complications.  Severe dehydration can result in kidney stones, urinary tract infections and kidney failure. It can also lead to a life threatening heatstroke. 

Here are some tips on how you can stay hydrated this summer!

Drink half your body weight in ounces of water

While everyone knows that you need to drink water to stay hydrated, few know exactly how much is necessary in such a hot climate.  A good rule to stick to is to drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.  This means if you are a 200 pound man you should drink 100 fluid ounces of water per day.  This intake should be even higher if you are spending a lot of time outdoors.  You also want your urine to be clear; if it is dark yellow you are already dehydrated.

Drink coconut water, but buy the right kind 

Coconut water is not only delicious, it is also great for keeping you hydrated.  Coconut water is one of the best sources of electrolytes known to man.  It also contains potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. In some parts of the world, coconut water is even used intravenously to help dangerously dehydrated patients. But not all coconut water is created the same.  If coconut water is made from concentrate, pasteurized with heat, or contains added sweeteners, it is not as healthy.  To learn more about coconut water and which brands to buy, click here.

Avoid dehydrating beverages and eat hydrating foods

Beverages that contain alcohol and caffeine dehydrate you.  While summertime and a cold beer by the pool go hand in hand, be sure not to overdo it and drink extra water when you are consuming alcoholic beverages.  Also, avoid drinking too much coffee due to its caffeine content and always avoid energy drinks due to their numerous health risks.  Add more tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, spinach and grapefruit for your diet.  Not only do these fruits and veggies have high water content to help keep you hydrated, they are also good for your general health.  

We hope you have an amazing and well-hydrated summer!