Posturite, one of our wellbeing providers, have some handy hints and tips on keeping hydrated this summer.
Did you know…
Water plays a vital role in how your body performs and how it makes you feel. Dehydration can make you feel lethargic, produce lapses in concentration and headaches.
Staying hydrated in the heat can be challenging than in cooler temperatures because we lose a significant amount of fluid through our skin in the form of sweat.
During such hot temperatures it is recommended that women need to drink 2.5 litres per day and men need 3.5 litres however, this can depend on body weight and how active you are. The more active, the more fluid is needed.
Some simple tips to stay ahead of the game:
Invest in a new water bottle that measure litres so you can track your water intake.
Flavour your water e.g. chilled, add a slice of lemon or lime, cucumber or mint and avoid feeling thirsty and dry.
Look to get water from food e.g. watermelons, oranges, grapes and stones fruits which boast a high water content.
Remember, coffee and alcohol are diuretics and can contribute towards dehydration. Balance these out 1:1 with water, maybe try plain coconut water? It is packed with electrolytes and can be incredibly refreshing on hot days, but don't substitute totally for water.
Keep an eye on your visits to the loo. If you visit every two hours and your urine is light in colour then you are probably taking in sufficient fluids. If you aren't visiting the loo many times in a day and your urine is darker in colour then get drinking!