Summer is the warmest season of the year, mostly very hot and hydration is very important for optimal health during this time. The cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body use water to function well and 60% of our body contains water. Water helps to regulate our body temperature, protects the joints and spinal cords, aids digestion and prevents constipation, dehydration and can help you lose weight. Water is lost during breathing, sweating and excretion, therefore, the body needs to be re-hydrated by drinking lots of water and eating fruits and foods that contain water. Some fruits and vegetables that that can help to hydrate the body include watermelon, citrus, cucumber, cantaloupe, strawberries, romaine lettuce, blueberries, celery, raw spinach, colorful bell peppers, mangoes, seedless grapes and kiwi.
How to stay hydrated.
If you are not sure you’re well hydrated, check your urine. If it’s dark like apple juice, then you are dehydrated, you need to take lots of water. Pale yellow urine is an indication that you are well hydrated.