It’s hot outside! Elevated temperatures can make you sweat more and therefore deplete the body of essential fluids and cause dehydration. Dehydration is when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, dizziness, dry skin, headache, constipation, tiredness and thirst. Dr. Michele suggests the following top three tips to prevent dehydration:
- Eat fruits and vegetables
Many fruits and vegetables contain water. Eating these foods instead of high protein and high sodium foods can keep you healthy and hydrated all summer long. Fruits and vegetables with high water content include: cucumber, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, grapes and cherries. Eating these foods raw is the best way to get the most water out of them.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day
About sixty percent of your body is water. Drinking water throughout the day is essential to your health and can prevent dehydration. At times it may be difficulty to make sure our bodies are getting the proper amount of water during the day; however, try to keep a bottle of water with you at all times and remind yourself to drink during the day.
- Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol has a diuretic effect and therefore lowers your body’s hydration levels. The less you weigh the less alcohol it takes to cause dehydration. Limit your alcohol intake and drink water while drinking alcohol to prevent dehydration.