Beat the heat this summer

Summer is upon us, and it is scorching! Yes, we live in a tropical climate, but the temperature does tend to go up a notch during the summer. In addition to leaving us sweaty and miserable, the heat can cause our bodies to feel dehydrated.

The body is made up of approximately 60–75 per cent water. More than 22 per cent of the bones is water; blood is more than 80 per cent water; muscles are more than 70 per cent water, and the body contains more than 600 of them; lungs are 90 per cent water, and the brain is more than 73 water as well.

Our bodies lose water on a daily basis through respiration, sweating, and excretion, and we lose water even faster when the temperature is really hot, as it is now. Therefore, it is important that we replenish, as dehydration can have adverse effects on our health. These effects include:

●Headaches

●Joint pains, as water helps to maintain adequate blood volumes to enable the nutrients to move into the joints.

●Weight gain, as water prevents us from overeating. We oftentimes confuse dehydration with hunger.

●Dry, cracked skin, which over time appears duller and make pores and wrinkles more prominent.

●Fatigue, as brain function can be affected.

There is a bit of a debate about how much water we should drink each day. We have been told for many years that eight eight-ounce glasses per day (approximately two litres or half a gallon) is the standard, but some experts recommend more, and others less. Here’s what I’ll tell you: no two people will have the same level of water intake needs, because it can depend on your weight, height, sex, and your lifestyle or level of activity. However, I recommend drinking as much as you can, or as much as your body permits you. One glass is better than none, and two is better than one. A good way to gauge whether you are properly hydrated is to check the colour of your urine. Clear means you may be over-hydrating; light to medium yellow means you are well hydrated; dark yellow means you could add another glass or two of water, and amber or orangey-yellow means you are dehydrated.

Infusing your water is great way to ditch plain, ‘boring’ water and boosting its nutritional profile.

Nothing quenches thirst like water, as it is considered the ultimate beverage to keep one hydrated, aid digestion, regulate temperature, and more. I would also encourage you to eat fruits high in water content, because during the summer months dehydration is more likely to result in complication and even more so if you are active. Also, get creative with your water intake. If you find plain old H2O boring, try infusing your water with fruits that are in season as they are m fresher and tend to have more nutrients during that time. In addition, you can add herbs and spices for that extra flavour.

Tip — Coffee and alcohol are dehydrants, so you may want to try and limit your intake of these beverages.

Infusing your water is good way to ditch plain, ‘boring’ water and boost its nutritional profile.

Original published by BY: LOOP NEWS on July 18, 2016.