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Reasons to Stay Hydrated This Summer

07/08/2015 lswaney

Staying hydrated is essential for heart function, but it also helps with alertness, controlling appetite, and improves all activity.  People will a heart condition, who are older than 50, or are overweight need to take extra precautions during the warmer months. When water is not replaced, blood thickens, forcing the heart to work harder and raises the risk of a heart attack.

Many people confuse thirst for hunger. Constant snacking & sugar cravings are one hidden sign of a dehydration imbalance. Once you feel thirsty, you’ve probably lost about 1 percent of your body water and are considered dehydrated.

5 Easy Tips to Stay Hydrated

1. Get a head start on hydration. If you are an early bird, keep in mind that your body is in a dehydrated state when you wake up. Be sure to drink at least 8 ounces of water before beginning your day.

2. Stay hydrated with water during moderate exercise. For an hour-long workout, consume 4 to 6 ounces of water for every 15 minutes of exercise. Add a slice or two of lemon or lime to your water bottle for added flavor.

3.  Know the signs. How can you tell if your body is hydrated? If your urine is pale, and you require a restroom break at least six times a day, you are probably doing a good job.

4.  Eat at least five cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Replace fluid losses with watery foods, such as soup & vegetable juices. Fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and apples are good sources of hydration, too.

5. Avoid alcohol the day before an exercise routine, and avoid exercising with a hangover.

So be sure to drink lots of water, enjoy your summer and protect your health.

 

SusanSexton

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