Last week felt like the unofficial start of summer here in South Carolina. Friday 90 degrees F, Saturday 90, Sunday 85…this is usually the time of year that I get caught without enough…water. Most people know that I always have water with me, but when it starts heating up, I definitely need to up my water intake.
This is because through increased sweating, my body is loosing more water. And that’s is a positive event, because in spring, our bodies go through a seasonally-induced detox, getting rid of the stagnancies of winter for the lightness and brightness of spring. Having a little extra water helps that process.
I grew up hearing that ‘by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.’ That is now touted as a myth, but I say, why give yourself a constant uphill way to deal with hydration. Why not just avoid the hill if you can. Here are three ways:
– Start your day with at least a glass of water (whatever the glass is to you – 6oz or 26 oz).
– Keep water with you at all times. When I used to experience anxiety attacks, sipping water would help my body relax.
– Be mindful of your water intake throughout the day. Pay special attention when you’re out in the warmer weather or doing activities that make you perspire and make sure your drinking through the day.
Having enough water is uber important. Secondly, and depending on your activities, diet and level of perspiration, you must make sure you’re also getting adequate electrolytes. They are needed for your body to properly use the water you’re drinking; including having equilibrium i.e. not retaining unnecessary water.
Electrolytes are “Minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. It is important for the balance of electrolytes in your body to be maintained, because they affect the amount of water in your body, blood pH, muscle action, and other important processes. Electrolytes exist in the blood as acids, bases, and salts (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and bicarbonate)…”(1)
While sports drinks are touted for electrolytes, they also have sugar, sometimes artificial and that does not fit my M.O. My two favorite ways of getting electrolytes are with a naturally dried (air, sun) sea salt and black strap molasses.
Tropical fruits such as citrus also provide electrolytes and living in a tropical place definitely warrants the use of electrolytes. I believe that God is the perfect designer, putting just what we need where we need it, when we need it.
So, here’s to staying hydrated so you can keep up with all your summer fun.