Do I need to drink more water during summer?
Anyone who took on our winter water challenge last year will have quickly discovered just how beneficial staying hydrated is – particularly during those cooler months.
Come rain or shine, water is an everyday essential that you just shouldn’t skip, with your health, wellbeing, and mood all positively impacted with the right water intake.
As the warmer months creep in, the need to drink water becomes even more apparent, particularly as lockdown eases and people become more active.
But the question is – do you continue drinking the same amount of water you’ve always drunk or up your intake?
The summer sun and your water intake
Summer may be a time of fun, frolics and relaxation but increased temperatures also mean dehydration and fatigue. While the standard six to eight glasses a day guideline is a mantra most adults aim to live by, the amount of water you need from day to day depends on a number of factors.
Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant need to drink more water to stay properly hydrated for example. Physical activity and illness affect how much an individual should really drink too, and so does your environment.
Hot or humid weather directly affects how much fluid is lost from the body through sweat and other natural functions. The more you sweat, the faster your body will dehydrate. To avoid dehydration, you will have to work harder during the warmer months to restore this lost fluid.
More benefits of drinking water during summer
Staying hydrated during the summer months unlocks several great plus-points. For a variety of reasons, headaches are more common during summer, but drinking plenty of water will keep headache symptoms at bay.
Drinking water has a positive effect on skin health, physical performance and your mood. Those looking to hone the perfect beach body will also find weight loss accelerated through regular water intake.
Water can help you cope with the aftermath of greater sun exposure too. HydrateM8 details more about water’s healing power and how it’ll come in handy throughout summer:
“You should wear sunscreen and make sure you spend time in the shade as well as in the sun but sometimes no matter the precautions our British skin is not prepared to handle the sun and after the months of wet and cold and we find ourselves turning red rather than golden brown.
If you do get sunburn, then drinking water is essential for your skin to heal. Sunburn is very dangerous and can cause severe dehydration as fluid is lost through the skin. Drinking water will rehydrate your body and help the burn to heal.”
Beat the heat and stay healthy
Beating the heat, staying fresh even when temperatures rise, and unlocking all the health benefits of great hydration is easy with just a few tweaks to your daily routine.
Mixing up your beverage options is a must for keeping hydration as interesting and tasty as it should be. While filtered water provides the best tasting and healthiest way to quench your thirst all year round, adding flavour to your filtered water drinks is a great idea.
Filtered water can be infused easily with fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs. Simply add your handpicked selection to a pitcher of filtered water and steep for a few hours or overnight to maximise flavour. Herbal teas are another great option for those looking to add variety, stay healthy, and unlock better hydration.
Associating water drinking with activities you do every day, like eating or going to the bathroom, will make hitting those water targets super easy. You can also invest in a high-tech, reusable water bottle, or download an app directly to your smartphone to track intake wherever summer takes you. Those a little less tech savvy can use a marked water bottle to monitor their progress with every sip.
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