Drink up!

June 27, 2017

 

Hi Bee Fitters!

 

With the high humidity and hot temps, we sure know that summer is here! During the hot days ahead, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. In fact, studies show that millions of people are dehydrated every day and don’t realize it. Do you suffer from any of these common signs of dehydration?

 

1. Fatigue & hunger pains 

2. Headaches 

3. Brain fog or confusion 

4. Dizziness 

5. Muscle weakness or cramps 

6. Constipation 

7. Dry, itchy skin

 

Also, sometimes we think we're hungry when we're actually just thirsty. Our bodies are smart but we can get confused about that! Did you know that our appetites increase when we are tired and dehydrated? So remember to re-hydrate! The rule of thumb (for most healthy individuals) is to aim to drink half your body weight in ounces. * For example, a 120 lbs person should aim to drink 60 ounces of water in a day or a bit more if he or she is an athlete. You may be surprised by how much your symptoms improve or disappear once hydrated.

 

Imagine flowers in a vase that are wilting. What happens when you refill the vase with water? You can see them come back to life! That’s what happens to your cells when they are dehydrated and then re-hydrated. Of course, it’s best to hydrate BEFORE you are even thirsty (or wilted). The rule of thumb is that if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. 

 

Even if we know we should stay hydrated, many of us are bored with plain water. And that means that sometimes we grab a drink that seems more exciting, but can have the opposite effect – like a cola or sports drink. Many of these contain sugar and sodium, or chemicals,  which can actually cause you to feel thirstier! Still, drinking something is better than nothing –  So what are some better choices that are as good for us as plain water, but not as plain? Check out my post tomorrow  for some great options and delicious beverage recipes that will keep you feeling refreshed even on the hottest days!

 

Until later, in health and happiness, Tracy

 

 

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