We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s been awfully hot in North Carolina for the past couple of weeks. As the temperatures rise, staying hydrated becomes more important than ever.
As everyone knows, you ought to drink water to stay hydrated. Lots and lots of water. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon.
If you don’t like plain water, rather than add calories and unhealthy sugar by drinking soda, you can infuse your water! Toss some lemons, limes or even cucumbers into your water bottle to add some flavor and interest as you stay hydrated.
You can also eat your liquid. Say what! By that, we mean eat soup, fruits – such as watermelon and strawberries – and even vegetables. All of those items contain high contents of water, which can be beneficial, not only to your body but also to your mental functions and sleeping patterns.
And while you’re drinking, it’s also good to add some liquids with electrolytes. Electrolytes are certain minerals (i.e., calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, sodium ions) essential to human health.
When you sweat, your body loses both fluid and electrolytes. If you don’t maintain hydration throughout the day, dehydration can occur through the act of sweating.
A well-known electrolyte-infused drink is Gatorade, but there are numerous options on the market that can help give you an extra punch of electrolytes to help during the long, hot summer months in the South.