Summer is here and it’s getting hot outside! What better way to keep cool then to drink a glass of ice-cold water? Our body’s natural way of cooling off is by sweating. According to the CDC, in areas of high humidity, sweat may not evaporate as quickly which keeps our body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to. If the body is unable to regulate its core temperature, it can lead to heat related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Hydration, therefore, is especially important during the summer months and in areas with high humidity, like Georgia. Adequate hydration keeps the body functioning properly and prevents these heat-related illnesses. So whether you are working, exercising, or enjoying the weather outside, remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout your day!
Here are some tips on staying hydrated:
- Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty! Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that you need more fluids and is one of the early signs of dehydration.
- Spice up your water! Flavor your water with fresh or frozen fruit and herbs. Some ideas include mint, cucumber, citrus, berries, and watermelon.
- Try flavor-infused ice cubes (see recipe below)! It helps keep your fruit fresh and is a convenient way to incorporate flavor into your water. Plus it’ll impress your guests!
- If you have had bariatric surgery, remember to sip on water between meals and wait at least 30 minutes after a meal.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids that contain high amounts of sugar as this may further dehydrate you.
- Choose fruits and vegetables high in water content like melon, pineapple, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, grapefruit, and oranges.
- If exercising or working outside, make sure to keep bottles of water on hand and drink more water than usual.
Fruit Ice Cubes
- Fruit (lemon, lime, orange, berries)
- Herbs (mint, thyme, sage)
- Ice cube tray
- Prep your fruit/ herbs: wash and cut into small portions.
- Place fruit/ herbs into your ice cube tray.
- Fill with water and freeze.
- Enjoy in a glass of water!
Recipe courtesy of feistyveggies.com