Water makes up more than half of your body weight!! Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints. Thus it is important to stay well hydrated, especially in the hot summer months.
What are some signs of dehydration?
Dark urine color
Impaired concentration and tactical decision making
Fatigue during exercise, this is because the heart has to work harder and this requires lots of energy
Hydration is easier to attain that you think. Here are our favourite tips for staying hydrated:
- Stay hydrated by drinking before, during and after physical activity. Hydration is a full day process.
- Keep a fluid schedule to ensure fluid consumption is happening throughout the day. A good tip is to have a large bottle of water with you and sip throughout the day.
- Hydration also can be facilitated by what you do and eat. For instance avoid items that will increase dehydration: carbonated beverages, sodium-containing foods, caffeine, and sugar. Consume lots of produce (fruits and vegetables) as these have high water content.
Best drink options to keep you hydrated:
Foods are a great source for hydration because they contain a high concentration of water. Fruits and vegetable have the highest concentration of water and consumption of these will help to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
These are our favourite fruits and vegetables for hydration: