This summer, make sure to stay hydrated and beat the heat by drinking water. Overcast skies can be deceiving as humidity levels can be high, increasing temperatures and causing people to lose fluids quickly. The human body is more than 60 percent water, which illustrates how water consumption is critical to staying healthy.
Dehydration is the number one cause of day time fatigue. Signs and symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth and eyes, fatigue, muscle cramping, constipation, headaches, and stress. So helping to consume adequate amounts of water can help to relieve stress. In fact, studies have shown a link between water consumption leading to stress reduction.
As reported on WebMD, human organs, including the brain, need water to function properly. If a person is dehydrated, then their body isn’t running well — and that can lead to stress.
Tips for staying hydrated:
- Keep a water cup or bottle within reach – Keep a large sized water bottle or water container with you at all times. The trend these days are the clear, tall plastic glasses with a lid and straw – this makes for a convenient way to keep water near you at home or in the office. A good rule of thumb for consumption: women should drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water per day, and men should try and consume ten 10oz glasses.
- Consider your environment and activities - If you are active or exercise frequently, live in a hot climate, or work out in the heat, make sure to drink larger amounts of water.
- Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits and vegetables have a high water content and can include key nutrients that allow your body to better absorb and use the water you are consuming.
Does drinking soda replace water consumption?
Many people dislike water and substitute drinking water with drinking soda. Although soda is a fluid and can hydrate, it also has properties that can have a negative impact on one’s health, if consumed in high quantities. For those who prefer to have “flavor” in their water, trying adding fresh fruit such as lemons, oranges, or even cucumbers, for a refreshing and flavorful alternative. Herbal teas without artificial sweeteners are also a healthy alternative.