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June 19, 2019

Tricks to stay hydrated this summer

Summer temperatures can go up and it can be very tricky to stay properly hydrated. Since we humans are 60% water, our overall health depends on it.

Our heart, muscles and brain need water to optimize blood pressure, regulate body temperature, lubricate our joints, help our digestion, prevent constipation and flush bacteria from your bladder among many other functions. With increased outdoor activities this summer, comes increased water loss—through sweating and evaporation—as our body works to stay cool. We need to keep up with our water intake specially when exercising and in hot humid climates.

Dehydration can cause weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness and confusion. Did you know that kids and senior citizens are more susceptible to extreme dehydration than the average adult? If not, now you know. In particular, older adults often don't get enough fluids and risk becoming dehydrated. Stay alert to the signs of dehydration, pay attention to the color of your urine, the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. An almost clear yellow indicates that your fluid intake is going well.
According to the Food and Nutrition Board, general guidelines say that women should get at least 91 ounces per day and men should get at least 125 ounces. This includes water from food and drinks.

Here we share a few tricks that will help you stay hydrated during the summer:

Enhance it with flavor.
Water is the BEST beverage for hydration, period; however some people don’t like the lack of taste. Infusing water with flavor may help you drink more. Make your own spa water adding: oranges, berries, cucumbers, mint or lemons. Using fresh fruits is best because they have no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Some people drink lemon water as a daily morning laxative to help prevent constipation. Drinking warm or hot lemon water when you wake up may help get your digestive system moving. If that doesn’t help your constipation, Dulcolax® can, it is the #1 Dr. recommended stimulant laxative that will speed up stool movement overnight. Try it and find relief, check out here if it has a discount coupon!

Drink more water than anything.
That’s why you should stick with H2O, it helps you skip the unnecessary sugars, additives, and caffeine found in other drinks. Of course juices, milk, and herbal teas can all help hydrate your body—even caffeinated drinks (in moderation) can provide you with much-needed water. However, water is what your body is really craving.

Set up your water agenda.
These days we have an alarm for everything, even if we push snooze a lot, they do work. Make a hydration schedule and set up alarms to follow it. Guzzling down a lot of water at once can be tedious and it can feel impossible. But when you break up the total ounces of water you need to drink, it’s completely doable.

Should I snack or should I gulp?
Sometimes our brains confuse thirst with hunger. Beware next time you feel you “must have a snack”, drink a glass of water before eating and your hunger “pains” might just disappear.

Eat more high water content foods.
Approximately twenty to thirty percent of our daily hydration needs come from food. All whole fruits and vegetables contain some amount of water, but there are some that are better options, since they are lower in sugar and high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure. Eating water-rich foods such as salads, fruits, and applesauce can help you stay well hydrated.

Look at the percentages of water there fruits and vegetables have and incorporate them into your diet if you haven’t already:

  • Cucumbers: 97% water
  • Celery: 96% water
  • Tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, pineapple, blueberries: 95% water
  • Red, yellow green bell peppers, peas: 93% water
  • Cauliflower, watermelon, cantaloupe: 92% water
  • Spinach, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage: 91% water
  • Grapefruit: 90% water

Hydrate your skin too!
Heat and sun flush the water out of your skin. In addition to drinking the recommended ounces of water each day, and adding water-rich foods to your diet, supercharge skin with hydration by choosing skincare products that encourage collagen production. When you properly protect your skin from the effects of the sun, elastin and collagen are better preserved, which lead to healthier, more hydrated and younger skin.  To prepare for summer and keep skin radiant and healthy, you’ll need the right tools in your arsenal, like GOLD BOND Ultimate’s Rough and Bumpy Skin Therapy Cream that will help reduce the appearance of bumpy skin beyond an ordinary lotion. When used daily, it exfoliates to soften rough skin and lessen the appearance of bumps.

On the other hand, when it comes to fighting visibly dry skin, opt for moisturizing creams that contain emollients (think cocoa butter, African shea butter, and ceramides), humectants (glycerin and hyaluronic acid), and occlusives (dimethicone, petrolatum). The best moisturizing creams will contain many of these dry skin ingredients, such as GOLD BOND® Ultimate Radiance RenewalTM. Apply your moisturizing cream to slightly damp skin after your shower to seal in moisture.

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