Stay Hydrated this Summer
With summer temperatures, it’s easy to get dehydrated, so it’s important to know how much fluid your body needs in order to function properly.
ChicagoHealersPractitioner Dr. KristenBobik offers the following advice to remain hydratedduring the summer heat waves:
To get the recommended daily water intake for you, divide your bodyweight in half; that number will equal the ounces of water you need each day. Add alittle more if you exercise daily.
· H2O to Go: Your recommended water intake may seem like a lot, but it can be easy to do. The best way to manage is to keep track of ounces by using a glass (or metal water bottle) that measures how many ounces it holds. There are also several online trackingprograms such as apps for Smartphones and online health sites.
· Skip Tea Time: Avoid coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks, carbonated waters, etc. because they have levels of caffeine. Of the “other” types of beverages, the better choices would be white and green tea (without any added sweeteners). Any beverage that requires adding a packet of flavor or that is bright colored (i.e. Gatorade and lemonade mix) does NOT count as water– it is pure sugar and harms the body.
· How to calculate Levels of Hydration: Subtract the ounces of “other” beverages drunk per day from the amount of water consumed per day. If these numbers don’t add up, cut out the “other” beverages or increase your water intake to allow for the dehydration that’s occurring.
If drinking plain water is difficult, make spa water for flavor. Just add in a vegetable, fruit, or herb to regular water and chill for an hour. Examples include: cucumber slices, mint leaf, lime, orange slices, strawberry and kiwi slices.
· Fun Fact: Another way to stay cool this summer is to choose hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumber. They won’t count towards daily water intake, but they will cool the body internally on a hot summer day.