It's important to drink enough water in the summer. We all know that. But do we all do it? All the time?
Judging by the number of people who get dehydrated, so many to the point of heatstroke and hospitalization ... the answer has to be no.
Find that hard to believe? Medicaldaily.com reported in 2013 that most citizens are not drinking enough water. In fact, as high as 75 percent of people in the United States are somewhat dehydrated on a regular basis.
Some of this will be due to the fact that lots of people don't like water much. But some of this has to be chalked up to being in the dark about the indirect way your body tells you it's time for some fluids.
In the first place, you don't even feel thirsty till you're already somewhat dehydrated. And your body doesn't tell you in a forthright way that caffeine and alcohol do NOT fill the bill. All too often, the first signals you get are the ones indicating that you are in trouble.
Don't let dehydration and the trouble that can come with it mess up your summer enjoyment — and your health.
Here are a few suggestions that may help you to stay hydrated despite the heat:
1) Pay attention to the subtle signs your body sends.
If you start to feel fatigued, if you've lost your appetite, if you are flushed and light-headed, it may be time to pour a tall glass of water. And drink it. Now.
2) Heed your body as its messages get more direct.
Got a dry cough? Urine looking darker than usual? You are getting more dehydrated. Have a cup of something wet -- like water. Don't put it off.
3) Starting to feel thirsty?
Don't be stubborn and don't procrastinate because you think water is boring. Drink some water. Then drink some more.
4) Tired of plain old water?
Feel like you can't look another glass full in the face? Toss in some fruit like lemon, lime or berries. A wee splash of fruit juice wouldn't hurt and might make your glass of water more appealing. Or cut up a cucumber and add that to your water.
5) Avoid beverages with caffeine in them.