Dehydration happens mostly in the summer months. As the air outside turns warmer, our bodies produce sweat to cool us off. One can easily become dehydrated without even realizing it. Some of the signs of dehydration are: feeling parched and tired, headaches, dizziness and muscle cramps.
How much water you should drink in a day depends on your size but a good baseline is 2.2 liters or 9 cups of fluid a day. If you are exercising and sweating a lot you should drink more. Weighing yourself before and after rigorous exercise is a good gauge on knowing your fluid needs. For every pound lost during exercise, consume 24 ounces (3 cups) of water to replenish.
Our bodies are not designed to store water from day to day, so it is important to drink enough everyday to stay adequately hydrated. Eating foods that contain large amounts of water count towards your daily intake. They tend to be very filling which is good for the waistline as well.
The top hydrating foods include: cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon and strawberries.
Finally, a tip for those that need a reminder to drink water… the app Waterlogged, it will send you reminders to “drink up”.
Author: Molly Rosenquist
Health & Wellness Coordinator