Did you know that feeling thirsty means you’re already dehydrated? That’s right. You shouldn’t wait for that thirsty feeling to hit before drinking anything. During these hot, sweaty, summer months, it’s even more important to stay hydrated.
We’ve all heard how important it is to stay hydrated, but what you may not know is the role hydration plays in keeping your heart healthy. Basically, drinking enough water makes your heart’s job of pumping blood through the blood vessels easier, which ultimately helps your muscles work more efficiently. Dehydration can be serious, which is why you seriously need to drink enough water.
The amount of fluid needed to stay hydrated differs from person to person. The amount of water a person needs depends on medical conditions, climate, physical activity and certain medications. You can tell if you’re getting enough water by the color of your urine.
Pale and clear urine = hydrated
Dark urine = drink more fluids.
Water is always the best place to start.
When thirsty, most kids and adults reach for sugary drinks like fruit juices, sports drinks and sodas. Not only do these sugary drinks lack any nutritional value, but they pose a very real and proven threat to our health and wellbeing.
So, what’s the best way to quench your thirst? For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water.
Water is important – got it! But how?
Unless you are a true water lover, drinking enough to stay hydrated can seem like a huge challenge. Try these tips to help make water the most appealing choice to quench your thirst:
- Top of Mind: carry a refillable water bottle or keep a water glass on your desk to help remind you to drink more throughout the day.
- Boost the Flavor: try adding different fruits, berries or slices of citrus to your water for an extra flavor kick.
- Don’t Lose the Bubbles: if you crave fizzy drinks, try swapping soda for seltzer, club soda or sparkling water.
- Sweeten the Deal: try adding a low-calorie sweetener to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Staying Hydrated, Staying Healthy, Taking Action
Consumption of sugary drinks is directly linked to type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, among other forms of cardiovascular disease, and with our nation spending $190 billion each year treating these preventable diseases, it’s time to address the problem.
Together, we can do more to make healthy drink options more accessible and more affordable for everyone. Take action today and sign up to support the sweetest choice for hydration.