Staying hydrated is essential to our everyday lives, but it is especially important during extreme heat. The American Heart Association states that when the temperature and humidity are both above 70 degrees, we are in the dehydration danger zone. Staying hydrated before, during, and after we reach this zone and especially in extreme heat is extremely beneficial.
Water makes up just about everything on Earth and our bodies are no exception. Nearly 80% of our body is made up of water and we need to maintain that percentage so we do not become dehydrated. Many of the nutrients our body’s need to survive are found in the water that we drink. Having clean water is important to making sure we get these nutrients. Filtered water ensures that we are drinking clean water and ensures that we are getting the most nutrients out of the water as possible.
One of the biggest reasons we need to stay hydrated in extreme heat is because of how much water we lose during these heat spells. We lose water at a much faster rate during a heat spell rather than when the temperature is cooler. This can be problematic as losing water can thicken your blood which can be related to increased risks of heart attack. Staying hydrated will prevent these types of problems from happening.
The keys to staying hydrated.
The first key to staying hydrated is to drink water before you become thirsty. When you are thirsty your body is telling you that it does not have enough water in it, so you are either dehydrated or close to being dehydrated.
If you workout often, it is important to remember to drink water before, during, and after your workouts. Sweating through your workout is one way that your body will lose water at a rapid rate. Drinking water before, during, and after your workout will make sure that you are retaining enough water. After a workout, it can be helpful to drink beverages that contain electrolytes, this will help bring back some more nutrients to your body that you lost during the workout.
If it’s tough for you to drink water throughout the day, try adding slices of lemon or other fruits to your water to give it some extra flavor. Another helpful tip is to set reminders on your phone to remind you that it’s time for a glass of water.
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to maintain your health and to beat those extreme heat spells. You always want to be prepared in the worst case scenarios so your body can thank you later down the road.