When we think of nutrients, the first thing that comes to our mind is food, isn’t it? By food, I mean fruits and veggies. But there is one more thing that we tend to forget often – water. Yes, water gives us more nutrients than the food we eat. As the year’s harshest weather falls upon us, staying hydrated is one of the simplest yet most effective measures we can take to keep our body fit and healthy. To maintain a healthy fluid balance during this summer, the following tips may be useful:
- Keep a large bottle of water handy
- Make sure to include lot of fruits into your diet
- Have a glass of water before each meal
- After each trip to the restroom, drink a glass of water to replenish your fluids
- Use technology to remind yourself to drink water every hour
- Add a slice of lemon and mint to your water to give it some flavor without adding any extra calories
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Stay away from energy drinks as they contain large amounts of sugar
What happens when you don’t drink enough water?
When our body begins to dehydrate, more things happen in the body than just being thirsty. Staying hydrated keeps our heart healthy. As our blood mainly consists of water, when the water level goes down, our blood thickens, forcing our heart to work harder and hence raising the risk of heart attacks.
Tiredness and fatigue are inevitable if we are not properly hydrated. When the body begins to dehydrate, our tissues and cells do not get enough water, our enzymatic activities slow down, without water enzymes are unable to produce energy. Hence we might lose our enthusiasm and feel tired all the time.
Also, drinking less water can also cause weight gain. Hence it is very important that we keep our body hydrated this summer.