Summer Tip #1: Increase Water Intake
[trx_dropcaps style=”2″]A[/trx_dropcaps] 1 % reduction in your hydration status can lead to fatigue, headaches, waking up in the morning still exhausted, dry mouth, an after taste after consuming snacks or meals, and dry stools or constipation.
Most health issues during hot weather are due to not drinking enough water.
The fact is that during the summer months we lose more moisture via evaporation which comes directly from the water reserves in our tissues and blood. It is estimated that we lose 4 – 6 pints of water per day. Exercise and environmental conditions, such as being in air conditioning, cause us to dehydrate even more rapidly, which is why it’s even more critical to increase water intake.
Additional signs of dehydration are dry skin, dry cuticles, stiff joints, dry mouth, collapsed veins on the back of hands, and cravings for beverages other than water. Why cravings? When you don’t increase water intake.
Although alternate drinks have water in them, the water is combined with other compounds that make it necessary for the body to have to digest the drink in order to extract the water.
[trx_quote style=”1″]One way to re-hydrate is to increase water intake by consuming one gallon of water within one hour. This may seem excessive, but you need to flood the tissues so that the water is made available to your entire body at once.[/trx_quote]
The body sends signals for other types of liquids that we might be amenable to. If we respond by drinking water, we notice that the cravings for other drinks go away. The digestive process itself requires energy that consumes H2O – further draining the body’s water levels and resulting in dehydration.
With dehydration the blood thickens and is unable to infuse the tissues with life giving oxygen and fluids for waste removal. Being perpetually dehydrated for most of one’s life can give rise to cellulite, arthritis, skin discoloration or blemishes, murky appearance to the eyes. Once you are dehydrated, one way to re-hydrate is to increase water intake by consuming one gallon of water within one hour. This may seem excessive, but you need to flood the tissues so that the water is made available to your entire body at once.
This way the water is directed to the areas most in need, unlike taking drinks of water throughout the day in which the water is evaporated or urinated out before all areas in need have been addressed. Once hydrated, then you can drink water throughout the day to remain so.
It’s impossible to establish a standard for how much water to drink. Everyone is different, but if you consume one gallon of water throughout the day you should maintain adequate hydration, without causing excessive urination. Always drink water first, all other drinks are kudos.