Drink lots of fluids in summer to keep your body hydrated
Drink lots of fluids in summer to keep your body hydrated

#Nutrition Tips For You: How To Maintain Good Hydration In Summers

In Summer, as the hot sun beats down upon you, how would you keep yourself hydrated. What could be the cooling drink that you should have, how would you monitor your fluid level. Read on to find out:

Bipasha Das | May 29, 2019

As summer temperatures hit a high, here’s how you can keep yourself hydrated.

*Always carry a water bottle, and if you have a desk job, keep one at your desk. If you have a bottle within arm’s reach, you'll be able to sip from it effortlessly throughout the day.

*When you're feeling frazzled or hazy, grab a glass of cold water. Studies show that people instantly feel more alert after drinking H2O. It's a simple, healthy way to snap out of a midday slump.

*Sip on a mug of herbal tea every evening. If you make this a habit, you'll add an extra cup of fluid to your tally every single day. On top of that, this relaxing ritual is a wonderful way to de-stress at the end of the day.

*Eat a diet rich in whole foods. By eating water-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, and yogurt, you'll automatically up your fluid intake. On the other hand, processed snack foods like chips, crackers, and baked goods have minimal water content.

*Monitor fluid loss by checking the color of your urine. It should be pale yellow and not dark yellow, too smelly or cloudy.

*For short-duration (less than 60 minutes), low-to-moderate intense activity, water is a good choice to drink before, during and after exercise.

*Any time you exercise in extreme heat or for more than one hour, supplement water with a sports drink that contains electrolytes and 6 percent to 8 percent carbohydrates. This prevents "hypernatremia" (low blood sodium), which dilutes your blood and could also lead to serious impairment and death.

*Avoid alcohol the day before or the day of a long exercise bout, and avoid exercising with a hangover.

Q&A Courtesy Bipasha Das, a certified health coach and nutritionist. She runs a diet and wellness clinic ‘Sugati’. She has been awarded Most Recommended Nutritionist of the Year 2018-19 by Brands Impact. She has worked with top hospitals, and is a life member of the Indian Dietetic Association and on the panels of renowned corporate houses like Ericsson, GE Power. Bipasha is working with Municipal Corporation of Delhi - Public Health Department( South Zone) as a consultant, and creating awareness programmes on Women and Children Health, Health for Public Health Workers, Office Sedentary Workers etc.

*Answers are based on general queries. Please contact a professional for any personal treatment.

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