Summer Heat: Hydrate Throughout The Day
We are in the middle of summer. The heat wave is certainly not here, but high heat is already observed throughout the United States. The temperature has already reached 39°C in mid-July, a record for the year 2022. But the peak is to be expected in August. You have to bear the heat until mid-September, which causes thirst or even dehydration because you sweat a lot.
So, take the precaution of having water on hand during the day: carry a small bottle or canteen of water in your bag when you travel. In workplaces, a drinking water supply should be available and will be of great help to you. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know about staying hydrated during a heatwave.
Why drink water during the day?
The human body evacuates about 2 liters of water per day. To avoid dehydration, especially during the summer months, it is necessary to compensate for this loss and drink water throughout the day. Drinking water is also good for your organs, especially your kidneys, stomach, and intestines. You should not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. If you are an athlete, you may want to drink more water during or after physical effort. Don’t deprive yourself of it while following your coach’s instructions.
When is the best time of day to drink water?
First thing in the morning, when you wake up, drink a large glass of water. This habit will allow you to evacuate the toxins accumulated in your body while lying down at night. It is strongly advised against drinking before going to sleep, as this will disrupt your sleep, even if it is only for the time it takes to get up to go to the bathroom.
Know that our brain knows the right amount of water to drink. It regulates kidney function through the antidiuretic hormone during the night to ensure that as little as possible is excreted. Make sure you drink enough water for the day, so you don’t drink at night. Make sure you drink 15 minutes before and after your meal. This will facilitate digestion.
Drinking hot or cold water?
Drinking cold water interrupts perspiration, and contrary to popular belief, it does not help you quench your thirst. Water that is too hot accelerates the sweating process and promotes dehydration. Instead, drink lukewarm water at body temperature, which eliminates toxins better.
Water fountains in the workplace allow you to control the temperature of the water you drink. Specialized companies can provide and install them for you.
What other options are there?
Coffee and tea are thirst-quenching beverages but are known to be diuretic, promoting dehydration. In addition, they contain psychostimulant substances that can be harmful to your health. Drink them in moderation. Choose water-rich foods instead: fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, and oranges.
Decoction and infusion of plants are also a solution, especially for those who do not like plain water. However, the solution must be able to be kept during the day. Moreover, it is not necessarily good for your health. Be careful with alcoholic drinks. The alcohol in them quickly dehydrates the body.
How much water should I drink during the day?
The ideal amount of water to drink is 1.5 liters, the equivalent of 8 to 10 glasses of water spread out over the day. Make sure you drink at least this amount of water every day throughout the year, whether in summer or winter. Drinking water will only do you good.