How to stay hydrated this summer

Looking forward to some heat this summer with the kids? Make sure you stay hydrated this summer and look for the signs of dehydration mentioned within this article. 

If you struggle to stay hydrated, here are some tips that can help: 

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water. 
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.  
  • Drink water before, during and after a workout. 
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. When your dehydrated thirst can be confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied with drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full. 
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch and dinner and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour. 
  • Drink tap water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free. 

Recognising signs of dehydration is important. They include: 

  • Little or no urine.  
  • Urine that is darker than usual. 
  • Dry mouth. 
  • Sleepiness or fatigue. 
  • Extreme thirst. 
  • Headache. 
  • Confusion. 
  • Dizziness or light headedness. 
  • No tears when crying. 

Don’t wait until you notice the signs of dehydration to take action. Stay hydrated throughout the day and actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

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