Summer brings with it higher temperatures, greater exposure to the sun and outdoor activities to enjoy as a family, but the heat also implies a greater demand for fluid for the body, and it is that waiting until you feel thirsty to drink liquids is not the most recommended “when you feel thirsty it is because your body is already dehydrated to a certain degree,” says Ana Cristina Gutiérrez, Herbalife nutritional advisor.
And although the most well-known sign of dehydration is thirst, the reality is that there are many other consequences, and some very serious ones. These include: dry mouth, fatigue, headache, anxiety, dry skin, decreased blood volume, dizziness, muscle cramps, constipation, and low blood pressure.
The other associated problem is that when the body becomes dehydrated, there is an imbalance in the body’s temperature and fluids, which is why a chemical reaction occurs that activates the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which warn you that you are thirsty, the problem is that they are the same hormones that are activated when you are hungry. So, how to differentiate it? Actually, the only way is by drinking a glass of water, waiting a few minutes and then if you are still hungry you can consume a food, if not, your body simply required water.
The quintessential liquid for hydration is water, but you can also consume fruits such as melon, watermelon, orange or sweet lemon, to name a few, which provide the body with many other nutrients in addition to hydration. Likewise, the other drinks that are consumed also help to hydrate, only that the expert recommends not consuming sugary drinks or sodas since they contain a high amount of sugar that is not healthy.
But if you are one of the people who does not enjoy drinking water alone, you can look for alternatives, such as adding fresh fruit to the water to give it flavor – a slice of lemon or orange for example -, adding concentrated aloe, or looking for unsweetened teas to help you to consume the necessary amount of liquid. Of course, the amount depends on your weight and height; if you want your exact personal dose, you can calculate it “the personal dose is calculated with the weight in pounds divided by two, that would be the number of ounces of water you should drink per day. Dividing that amount by 8 will give you the number of 8-ounce (standard-size) glasses you should drink per day. ”
The nutritionist ensures that good hydration promotes good digestion, helps minimize headaches, improves energy levels, helps eliminate toxins from the body, promotes satiety and therefore adequate weight control, regulates body temperature and maintains adequate blood levels. In addition, being well hydrated will help to have a healthier and more youthful skin, your kidneys, your joints (it helps them to be lubricated) and in general all your internal organs. So don’t forget, during the summer, be sure to consume the amount of fluid that your body needs.
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