Missouri summers can be brutal, to say the least. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll want to be sure you’re staying properly hydrated. It’s important this is not overlooked, as lack of hydration in extreme heat can drastically impact your health. To help you out, here are five ways to stay hydrated while in the Missouri sun.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
This one is obvious—we probably don’t have to say it, but we will anyways. There are times when we will gravitate toward an energy drink to quench our thirst—after all, they have electrolytes! Still, several studies show that in most cases water is going to be your best friend. Water has many benefits:
- It’s a simple, non-harmful headache remedy
- It helps to balance your body temperature
- It will help to reinvigorate your muscles
2. Set up Reminders to Hydrate Yourself
Remembering to drink can be difficult on busy days, but you can set reminders for yourself to counteract this. Fortunately, technology makes monitoring our water intake easier than ever. There are a variety of smart water bottles that will do all the work for you (aside from actually drinking it, of course).
3. Stay Moisturized
When you drink enough water, you’re sure to feel the positive affects inwardly—but what about outwardly? As much as you’d like it to, a cold glass of water won’t do much for your dry hands. The sun will rapidly dry out your skin, so keep up with your skincare through face and body creams. It’s also important to keep up on sunscreen application too. Without sunscreen, you increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
4. Don’t Forget to Eat Healthy
You should drink two liters of water a day. What some don’t know is that approximately 20% of our daily water intake comes from food when you eat the proper amount. Try to avoid processed foods and target those that have a high water content; celery, cucumber, and watermelon are all great options.
5. Know the Signs of Dehydration
It’s important to know the signs of dehydration. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may not be drinking the proper amount of water and should change that right away. Warning signs include:
- Dark-colored urine
- Lack of sweating
- Bad breath
- Fever or chills