Although back to school time is upon many students in the country, it’s important to remember that summer is not close to being over. In fact, August and September are historically the hottest months of the season in some areas, such as Southern California. Whether you are packing your child’s lunchbox, or are getting ready for a day out and about, remember to stay hydrated this summer.
If you think that dehydration in today’s world where grocery and convenience stores are almost at every corner is rare, think again! “Low-grade dehydration is a chronic, widespread problem that has major impacts on well-being, energy, appearance and resiliency… that most people suffer regularly from,” Christopher Vasey, ND, a Swiss naturopath and author of The Water Prescription (Healing Arts Press, 2006) states in this source.
Dangers of Dehydration
If you forget to grab a drink while out jogging or spending a day at the beach, you may need to rethink waiting to drink until you get home. This is not a good idea, especially for those that are out under the hot sun doing moderate to severe physical activity. Children under 1 years old, the elderly and people with fevers are at increased risk of dehydration.
Dehydration causes the loss of a substantial amount of fluid and salts (electrolytes), which can lead to health consequences, such as:
- Muscle contractions
- Weak pulse
- Sunken, dry eyes
- Digestive disorders
- Heart failure
Signs of Dehydration
One of the best ways to protect yourself is to learn and teach your children signs of dehydration, which include:
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps
- Dry skin
Tips to Hydrate This Summer
The severe symptoms of dehydration are easy to prevent – simply stay hydrated with these tips:
Carry a Bottle of Water
You never know when you will be stuck in traffic or held up at a long appointment, which is why it is advisable to always carry a bottle of water with you. Invest in a stainless steel water bottle or thermos (plastic ones can leach out harmful chemicals, even ones that claim to be BPA-free) and add water and ice. Many good-quality water bottles will keep your water cold for up to 8 hours, allowing you to drink any time you feel like it.
Many people don’t like water and turn to sugar-laden drinks to quench their thirst, which is not always a idea. Not all fluids are created equal, and coffee, alcohol and sweetened drinks can actually make you more dehydrated than you would be without consuming them, adds a source.
Instead of drinking a store-bought juice, cool yourself down this summer with healthy and delicious homemade popsicles. Simply juice organic, local and fresh fruit, such as apples, pears and oranges, pour the liquid into a popsicle mold, and freeze!
Eat the Right Diet
Do you ever notice how thirsty you are after eating meat? That is because animal proteins contain a lot of salt and need a ton of moisture to break down the food. Eating a healthy diet full of water-containing foods, such as fruits and vegetables, will help you stay hydrated during any season.
Foods that keep you hydrated:
Add Willard Water® to Your Hydration Routine
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