Summer Hydration

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You might think that “hydration” would be a routine part of everyone’s day. A natural thing to do; you get thirsty – you drink a beverage to quench your thirst, right? Well, the simplest things to do are often the hardest.

The human body is made up of about 50–65% water and as infants that number is even higher (75-78%), and it can differ based on age and gender. So it is easy to see why as humans, we can survive longer without food if we have water, than the other way around. Water is an essential component of life.

According to experts, water helps:

  • lubricate internal surfaces
  • flush toxins through the kidneys
  • transport nutrients throughout the body
  • maintain healthy blood pressure
  • regulate body temperature and sustain healthy vital organs
But the body is constantly losing water through sweat/perspiration, urine, and other vital bodily functions. Summer hydration is very important. With higher temperatures, longer days, and possibly more outdoor activities and exercising, the body can get easily dehydrated.

Symptoms can include the following:

  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • confusion
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • lack of tears
  • fatigue, sleepiness
  • extreme thirst
  • reduction or darker colored urine
And you don’t have to be out in the desert to experience these symptoms. Many individuals think that drinking a beverage is the same as drinking water, but water can do more for your body than other beverages.

Benefits
It’s also important to beware of sports drinks; they are often laden with sugar and high in calories. If you are out in the sun, running, biking, walking, swimming, try water or if you choose a sports drink, make sure that it is low in sugar and calories, and has electrolytes.

What are electrolytes, you might ask?

This is the medical term for salts or ions (electrically-charged particles). Our body fluids have a high concentration of sodium chloride and other electrolytes including potassium, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate, sulfate, so you might see how loosing these without replacing them, can eventually be harmful to the general health of the body.

For many people, water is one of their least favorite beverages, even if it should be an important part of any healthy regiment. Some good ways to get around the displeasure of drinking water – try putting berries, lemon or lime, a slice of orange or any favorite fruit in your water to make it tasty. Opt for a piece of fruit instead of substituting fruit juice for water. A piece of fruit contains vital nutrients like vitamins in addition to fiber and water.

For example:

  • Apple (100 g) = 84% water
  • Blueberry = 80% water
  • Cantaloupe = 89% water
  • Peach = 89% water

Remember, you don’t have to be in the desert to need hydration, your body requires water to maintain its healthy state and to ensure that you remain beautiful and healthy inside and out.

If you are on prescribed medications for any condition, and you need help affording your prescriptions, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card or request a card be mailed to you. It provides significant discounts on almost all recommended medications (brand and generic). Most experts agree, taking your medicines as prescribed improves overall health and wellbeing and lowers cost of health care for everyone.

References: EatDrinkBetter.com, nchpad.org, Family Doctor.org, health.howstuffworks.com, WebMd.com.

By WHBlogger
05/22/2014

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