It's that time of year again where the atmospheric temperature has started soaring high. During the season of summer, it's important to keep a check on your body hydration level. Adults often forget to drink enough water. Hence it's important to include fluids into your everyday diet to help you ward off dehydration.
Drinking enough water will keep your core body temperature consistent and under control. 60% of your total body mass is water. Fluid consumption helps in the movement of nutrients throughout the body, aids in biochemical reactions and in the removal of waste. With such crucial benefits and uses, let's keep a check on this ahead of summer as dehydration can lead to fatigue, sunken eyes, lack of energy and irritability.
Here are 8 ways in which you can make sure your body temperature is under control and you don't dehydrate yourself -
Drink plenty of water
each person's body is different and so is its fluid requirement. It varies by age, sex and whether they are pregnant or not. However, you could bring a routine by drinking a glass of water each in the morning and night, after your meals, after your workout, etc. Frequent intake of fluid is necessary for the body to ward off dehydration.
Know the signs of dehydration
itchy and dry skin, headache and fatigue, rapid breathing and infrequent urination or dark coloured urine are some of the signs that the body shows if you're dehydrated. Watch out for these signs & drink fluids gradually throughout the day to keep dehydration at bay.
Include lots of fluid in your diet
in addition to plain water, you could include other fluids into your diet plan for a hydrated body. This would mean consumption of tea, coffee, juices, milk and soups on an everyday basis.
Check your urine
the colour of urine says a lot about the hydration levels of your body. If it's too dark, chances are that your body is extremely dehydrated. Also, it's true that other medications could affect this. So if you're concerned about the colour of your urine, do seek help from medical professionals.
Eat fruits/vegetables with high water content
Another source of water for our body are fruits and vegetables. Including tender coconuts, watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, etc to your everyday meal can do wonders for your body and significantly give rise to the hydration level of your body.
Drink water when you sweat
if you're into sports or if you're a fitness freak, keep handy a bottle of water as it's essential to drink water throughout these activities. Water helps regulate your body temperature and keeps your joints lubricated.
Choose water over other drinks when traveling
it's easy to miss out on your daily intake of water when you're on the go. Always keep a bottle of water in hand when you head out, especially during the summer
there are many apps available free of cost that give us constant reminders to drink water. Download the one you are comfortable with and track how much water you drink on average and how much you need to drink every day.
These are some of the simplest ways to ensure regular fluid intake to maintain a hydrated body. If you need a change from plain water, you could try infusing your bottle of water with some lemon for a refreshing flavour.
In addition to all this, shower regularly. Even though taking showers doesn't hydrate the body, it keeps you from sweating, which keeps your body from losing fluids. These are simple things that you can incorporate as a habit in your day to day life don&'t wait until your body decides to show up the symptoms of dehydration. Instead, keep a check and drink plenty of water actively and consciously to prevent the condition of dehydration.