Hydration with water is important to support your body’s health.
Throughout your day, your body loses over a liter of fluids. Add in the summer heat along with exercise and this greatly increases. You must replace this loss to avoid dehydration; if not addressed this can lead to thickening of your respiratory secretions making it hard to clear from your lungs, and worst-case scenario pneumonia or kidney failure. This is especially important during this COVID era as you want to avoid compromising your health.
What does dehydration look like?
Signs of dehydration include increased thirst, fever, dark-colored urine, reduced urine output, dry mouth, increased heart rate, tiredness, and confusion. You may also notice that after heavy exercise you have lost weight, which is likely fluid loss.
What should I do to avoid this?
Don’t wait to drink until you are thirsty; instead, drink consistently throughout the day. You can also consume fruits and vegetables that have higher water content such as watermelon, lettuce, cucumbers, and strawberries.
Goal: Take your weight in lbs, divide by two. This equation will equal the amount of ounces you should drink of water. Try to drink this many ounces of water daily.