As the temperatures rise, staying hydrated becomes increasingly vital. It’s far easier to become dehydrated when it’s hot, leading to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, and irritability. If left unchecked, dehydration can quickly become dangerous or even fatal.
Fortunately, staying hydrated this summer doesn’t have to be a challenge. If you want to avoid dehydration, here are some simple tips that can help.
Make Water Your Go-To Beverage
When it comes to hydration, it’s hard to beat water. Plus, it’s incredibly affordable. Tap water isn’t expensive to drink (and is likely free in your workplace).
If you don’t like the taste, a simple pitcher with a filter could make it far more palatable, all without the cost of bottled water. You can also add some natural flavorings, like a bit of lemon, lime, or mint.
Ideally, you want to start your day with a glass of water, allowing you to replenish any you lost during the night. Then, keep a bottle available for quick sips throughout your work day, and have a full glass with lunch and another with dinner.
If you’re active at work, then take sips more regularly. If you can’t keep water with you, make sure to drink a glass at every break and take sips whenever you step away from the floor, making it easier to stay hydrated.
Choose Food with Higher Water Content
There are more ways to increase your water intake than just drinking water. Many foods have high water contents, making them ideal for staying hydrated.
Usually, fresh fruits and vegetables are your best place to start. However, some do particularly well in this arena, including cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, and oranges.
Another option is to create hot-weather soups for lunch. Since soups contain water, and most will also have vegetables, they’re a great way to hydrate while having a satisfying meal. Just make sure you choose options that are designed to be served chilled.
Keep Your Body Temperature Down
While drinking water is a big part of the equation, so is avoiding any unnecessary water loss. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather. Choose light colors and natural fabrics. Keep the fit a bit loose to promote airflow. Try to stay in the shade or use hats, fans, and misters to keep your body temperature down if you have to be in the sun.
When you’re doing active tasks, use a slow, methodical approach. The faster you’re moving, the warmer your body will typically get. As a result, a metered pace can make a difference.
Ultimately, staying hydrated during the summer heat isn’t inherently difficult. By starting with the right plan for your food and drinks, you make sure you replenish any water you lose. Couple that with keeping your body temperature in check, and you’ll lose water slower. Together, that makes avoiding dehydration as easy as possible.
If you’d like to learn more about how to ensure you’re at your best this summer, the staff at Selectek wants to hear from you. Contact us today.