While Canada is known for its cold and snowy climate, residents definitely feel the heat during the summer months.
Not only are there high temperatures, but they are often accompanied by plenty of humidity and poor air quality, making it essential to keep hydrated.
In fact, during the hot summer months, dehydration is a common risk and can lead to lack of energy, concentration, alertness and can even take a toll on your tennis swing or endurance during your morning run.
To ensure you’re drinking enough to get you through the warmer summer months – while still having fun– here are some additional facts about hydration and some tips to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily liquid intake:
Keep the fluids flowing – Since water makes up 50 to 70 per cent of an adult’s body weight, regular replenishment is needed, said Samara Felesky–Hunt, a registered dietitian.
It is recommended that healthy adults should drink between nine and 13 cups of fluids a day to maintain a good level of hydration. Felesky–Hunt recommends Canadians find ways to drink liquids throughout the day – it’s important to drink before you get thirsty as the sensation of thirst does not occur until you’re already dehydrated.
Enjoy more than just H2O – Sticking to water can sometimes get boring, so feel free to switch it up.
“While solid foods such as fruits and vegetables can provide a small amount of fluid, something like green tea which is made up of 99.5 per cent water can make for a great source for your daily fluid intake,” said Felesky–Hunt.
Green tea comes in a variety of refreshing flavours including orange, passion fruit, jasmine, black currant and vanilla, thus making it an enjoyable option for hydration.
Green tea can be prepared hot – perfect for those air-conditioned offices – or cold when enjoying the warmer weather outdoors.
Don’t let the hot weather and sunshine keep you from what you enjoy doing most during the summer months.
Be sure to enjoy delicious, yet healthy beverage options when it comes to keeping hydrated, and don’t forget to keep drinking.