Living in the dry hot Sonoran Desert water is essential for all living things. Proper hydration is important for our bodies to operate properly during the hot summer months. Phoenix’s temperatures can remain higher than the 90s from April to October.
The most important way to stay hydrated is water. There are some basic guides for water:
- Drinking water instead of alcohol or soda provides proper use of water and does not cause water loss.
- The amount of water each person needs varies upon the person, but a good guide is 8 8 oz fluid glasses per day. Remember that other fluid options count towards your water total i.e.
- Sports drinks can replace loss fluids, but unless you are outdoors for long periods sweating water is the best for your body.
- When you realize you are thirsty is not always a good indicator that your body needs water. You need to be aware that if the temperature is high and you are physically active you will need water before you are thirsty, so you do not lose essential minerals.
- It is unlikely that you can every drink to much water. The rare occasion is extreme sporting events i.e. marathons, triathlons at these times it is essential that you replace loss fluids with electrolyte drinks.
- Water is key to your kidneys ability to filter waster and reduce the urinary tract infections.
- Water based plant foods can reduce your consumption of water i.e. watermelon Oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Drink water slowly and your body will retain it longer.
- You can add flavor to your water by infusing lemons, mint, vegetables, or fruits.
When your body becomes dehydrated there are many factors that can indicate that you are losing fluids and need to replace. The color of your urine should remain a lemon color any darker is a good indicator that you are dehydrated. Dehydration can cause many issues for your body a few are:
- Dry mouth
- Lack of sweating
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Kidney stones
- Heart attack
Our body is made up of 60% water. Every system in our body relies upon water to function. Staying well hydrated is essential for our bodies and minds.
Please feel free to contact or (602) 434-7922 Dr. Kovalik regarding any questions.
Contact: Dr. Christina Kovalik NMD, LAc.
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Phone Number: 602-434-7922
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