There are still a few summer days ahead of us. When the days bring high heat and high humidity, some other concerns tend to come along with the,.
A question many people and many clients are asking is, how much water should I be drinking in a day? You’ve probably heard the common response, “drink 8 glasses of water per day”, when in fact it actually around 9-12 cups of total fluid required daily, which is more than 8 but also doesn't have to be just water, which is a bit more realistic for many people.
Even though getting 9-12 cups of fluid per day is a reasonable goal, it is not a perfect fit for everyone. Water is lost when we breathe, move, perspire and urinate. These losses are amplified on hot and humid days. Therefore, when considering your daily water intake, acknowledging the activities you are participating in and the amount of movement you complete throughout the day. Most importantly, periodically reflect on how you are feeling during the day. If you are feeling light-headed or tired, it is likely time to 'drink up'. Check this link for more info on how much fluid you should be getting daily.
On top of staying hydrated, a frequent concern people often face during times of higher heat and humidity are fluctuations in overall weight. You may experience bloating or even feel heavier or "swollen" during the summer months. You might even not be friends with the scale (which I recommend not getting hung up on anyway). There are many factors that impact the number on the scale, so don't let it 'weigh you down'. About 60% of the human body is made up of water. During hot and humid times, our bodies are retaining heightened amounts of this water to keep hydrated, causing us to hold on to more water than usual These weight changes are only temporary and will decline as we move into the fall season along with temperature and humidity decreases. Other things can affect the scale too at other times of the year, such as hormones, salt intake, bathroom schedule, etc. So bottom line: don't let it define you!
Back to the water intake...here are just a few simple ways to incorporate water into your day:
1. Take a water bottle with you wherever you go
Taking a water bottle with you will ensure you have access to water at all times as there may not be water fountains readily available wherever you go. Also, if it is there in front of you, you are more likely to drink it!
2. Drink water with all your meals
Water is ultimately the best choice for hydration. However, other beverages such as juice, milk, coffee, tea, (and yes, even alcoholic drinks) can contribute to hydration.
3. Drink water before and after exercise
Make sure you are hydrated before exercising as you will lose water as you sweat. After exercise, make up for your water losses.
4. Include foods in your diet that are higher in water content
Foods such as cucumber, watermelon, apples, peaches, orange slices, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, grapefruit and pineapple are all snacks that can contribute to your hydration status.