Summer is in full swing, which means more time is being spent out in the hot sun. With increased time in the heat, are you consuming enough water? The fact is, most Americans are not. Dehydration is when your body is losing more liquids than you are taking in. Symptoms of Dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, inability to sweat, palpitations, sluggishness, and fainting.Water plays a very important role in our body. It helps flush out harmful toxins and carries much needed nutrients to our cells. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men should intake 3 liters of water per day and that women should be consuming 2.2 liters per day. However, these numbers can increase depending on various factors such as activity levels, environment, illnesses, and pregnancy.With as busy as most of our lives are, it is easy to forget adequate water consumption. If you think you are not getting enough water, the CDC has released some helpful tips to keep you hydrated:
- Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work of running errands.
- Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
- Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
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