Summers in Texas are typically in the 90s and sometimes go above 100 degrees. This is why it’s extremely important to stay hydrated, especially when exercising or playing outside. When you are hydrated, your muscles work more efficiently and not as hard.
Water is definitely the best drink to stay hydrated and nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water.
- Regulates body temperature
- Moistens tissues in eyes, nose and mouth
- Protects body organs and tissues
- Lubricates joints
- Helps prevent constipation
- Lessens burden on kidneys & liver by flushing out waste
- Helps dissolve minerals & nutrients
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells
Water in your body is lost through perspiration, urine and bowel movements, so it is essential to drink enough water throughout the day. How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. According to WebMD when exercising you must follow this formula from Melton:
- 1 to 2 hours before your workout, drink 15-20 ounces (or more than 2 cups) of water.
- 15 minutes before you begin, drink between 8-2 ounces of water (1-2 cups of water).
- During your workout; drink another 8 ounces (1 cup of water) every 15 minutes.
Hydration is extremely important to maintaining a safe workout. We see patients all the time who suffer from heat exhaustion simply because they didn’t drink enough water. Don’t put yourself in unnecessary risk and stay hydrated for the summer by drinking plenty of water!