We all know that water is essential for life and staying hydrated keeps our body functioning at its best but now that summer is upon us it is more important than ever before that you drink up!
Water is important for temperature regulation, lubricating your joints, protecting our spinal cord and other sensitive tissue, and as I stated earlier, removing waste from the body.
Warmer temperatures see us sweating more, then turning on the air conditioning which dries our skin and then seizing the opportunity to sit out in the sun which can cause heat stroke, sunburn and heat exhaustion. It’s no wonder that we need to drink even more water in the summer.
When the weather is extremely hot our bodies lose water faster than it normally does. When we are exercising we lose water faster too.
Hydration comes from drinking water or something that adds water content to your body.Fluids that contain caffeine can act as a diuretic and cause your body to lose water content instead of gain water, especially if you are drinking more than 2 to 3 Litters per day.
Sodas (regular or diet), coffee or teas that have caffeine should not be considered hydrating, especially during the hot weather.
If you’re exercising when the weather is hot, it is even more important to make sure water is part of your daily routine. This means drinking water even when you don’t feel thirsty.