By now you have probably heard how important it is to stay hydrated. Our bodies are made up of 70-75 percent water, meaning you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. In the summer, when the weather heats up, the body sweats out more fluids and can become dehydrated much faster. Aqua consumption is an essential part of a healthy diet. Without an adequate fluid supply, it’s impossible for the body to function properly.
Every organ, tissue, and cell needs proper hydration to work at its optimal best – that includes your spine. The discs in between the vertebrae act as cushions, supporting and cushioning the movement of the bones in the spinal column. When we are dehydrated, the discs do not move fluidly and can result in back pain and other serious lumbar conditions.
During the hot summer, we lose fluids more quickly through perspiration. If you are also physically active in the summer, your body will sweat even more, resulting in faster fluid loss. Dehydration can be very serious, especially under heated temperatures. Therefore, it’s even more important to drink watery beverages during the summer season to stay hydrated and healthy.
Most people struggle to get their daily aquatic intake. But simple steps can quickly turn into healthy, natural habits. To increase your water intake, try these five easy tips:
1. Keep a Water Bottle Close
By keeping a water bottle readily available, it will make it easier to quench your thirst with the natural fluid contents. Bottles have become more fashionable and decorative over the years, making them an attractive accessory to carry. By keeping a filled container close, it will be easier to replenish the lost fluids throughout the day.
2. Add Natural Flavors
Many people complain they do not like the taste – or lack of taste – of H2O. To supplement this, you can add real fruits or vegetables slices to your beverage to add flavor. Cucumber, celery, and citrus fruits like oranges, limes, lemons, pineapple, and grapefruit are great flavor enhancers. Other fruity flavors include berries and watermelon. Adding produce to your glass is the perfect way to add natural flavoring to the drink.
3. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Many produce products are high in water. Celery, cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon, oranges, pineapple, tomatoes, and mangos are just a few of the hydration rich plant based foods that increase our fluid supply. By adding these delicious, healthy foods to your daily diet, you will be naturally adding many essential nutrients and water to your body.
4. Add To Every Meal
Get into the habit of drinking a glass of H2O with every meal. By including it in your dining experience, you will increase your intake more naturally throughout the day. Replace or add to your other meal time by simply pouring a glass to serve with every meal.
5. Avoid Caffeinated Drinks and Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol both act as a diuretic, flushing the fluid out of the body much quicker than normal. During the heated temperatures, sipping high amounts of caffeine or alcohol can dehydrate your body more quickly without you even realizing. Minimize or avoid beverages high in these substances to help the body retain its water supply.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to keep your body properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water. During the summer, it’s even more essential to stay hydrated so the spine and other parts of the body can work properly. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we believe that proactive steps are essential for optimal health. We can help you develop positive habits to maintain natural vitality.