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Everything You Needed to Know About Hydration

by Cascade Ice on August 22, 2022

We’ve officially entered the hottest month of the year in the U.S., and cities all over the country are setting record-breaking temperatures. One of the biggest health dangers that is often underestimated when the heat is at its highest is dehydration. So, what can you do to prevent yourself from becoming a dried-up raisin in the sun and heat? Read on for more all you ever needed to know about hydration!

What is hydration?

Hydration plays a vital role in a healthy lifestyle and protects the body’s functions, including metabolizing your food, regulating your temperature, cushioning your body’s joints, and removing waste easily. According to the CDC, the amount of water each person needs depends on many factors, including your age, sex, and activity level. A good rule of thumb, however, is that men need at least 102 oz. per day, and women need at least 74 oz. per day.

If you’re well hydrated, you’ll be able to tell a difference in the appearance of your skin, your thoughts will be clearer, your body will feel better, and it may even keep you from overeating, as hunger is often mistaken for thirst. 

Dehydration dangers

Your body uses fluids constantly as it performs daily functions like perspiration, urination and eliminating waste. Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid that you’re able to take in and believe it or not – most of us are chronically dehydrated, so we need all the help we can get! Over time, a chronically dehydrated person will have an imbalance in electrolytes, which can lead to seizures, involuntary muscle spasms and loss of consciousness Severe dehydration can even lead to kidney failure, heart failure, and anemia, so it’s an important thing to stay on top of every day. 

Exercising and staying hydrated 

Exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, but if you’re someone who regularly exercises (especially outside during the warmer months) you absolutely need to make sure you’re hydrating enough. No matter what type of exercise you perform, your body needs water to replace the water, salt, and electrolytes it lost through sweat. Even hydrating before and after (not just during) exercise is crucial to keeping your muscles performing at their best, and even keep your mind sharp. 

Preventing dehydration

It sounds so simple but preventing dehydration can be challenging for many people with busy lives. So, what can you do to make fluid consumption easier? Always carry a water bottle with you throughout the day, and make sure to refill it. Many stores now sell water intake goals marked in ounces on the bottle so you can hold yourself accountable and see exactly how much you’re consuming throughout the day. Also, make it a goal to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up, before anything else hits your lips (add in one at the end of the day, too, if you can!) 

While plain water is the holy grail for keeping your body well hydrated, other drinks and even foods can contribute to your daily fluid intake. Tea and coffee are good choices because they contain antioxidants and flavonoids. Low-fat and skim milk also contain great nutrients for a healthy body and can help keep your body hydrated. Sparkling waters are another good choice for a water alternative with some flavor to keep things interesting. Cascade Ice USDA Organic Sparkling Waters offer a variety of delicious flavors. 

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