We're heading into a beautiful, hot, and sunny weekend in Ontario!! Are you staying well hydrated this summer? We lose a lot of water because of the heat, and water is so important in the body. It is involved in many functions like breaking down nutrients, it is a component of our blood, helps to eliminate toxins, and it is as essential to our bodies as the air we breath (to list a few). When we sweat, we also lose electrolytes like magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium. This can lead to dehydration. Dehydration is dangerous, and can cause uncomfortable symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, which lead to further dehydration and a loss of important minerals.
What can you do to stay hydrated?
1. Drink LOTS of water. I'm talking at least 2L a day. I usually up to to 3L if I am outside, and 4L if I am outside and active! Know your body and listen to what it needs.
2. Eat fruits with a lot of water. Some include: watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, peaches, and pineapple. Bonus? They provide electrolytes!
3. Incorporate an electrolyte. Make sure to talk to your nutritional consultant and medical practitioner about how to incorporate electrolytes. Check out Nuun tablets, they are my favourite!
4. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Remember that these substances dehydrate the body. If you do consume them in your day, drink MORE water!