Staying Properly Hydrated with our Doctors



Staying Properly Hydrated with our Doctors

By Dr. Rachel Heussner

Summer is right around the corner, and staying properly hydrated becomes even more crucial during hot and sunny days. Adequate hydration is essential for maintaining optimal health, supporting bodily functions, and staying energized. Here are five tips to help you stay hydrated this summer: Drink Plenty of Water, Limit Dehydrating Beverages, Be Mindful of Water Source, Add Electrolytes, Consume Hydrating Foods

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Water is the best and most natural way to stay hydrated. Increase your water intake during the summer months to replenish fluids lost through sweating. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day, and increase this amount if you are engaging in physical activity or spending time in the sun. If you find plain water boring, try infusing it with slices of fresh fruits like lemon, lime, cucumber, or berries. You can also experiment with adding herbs like mint or basil for a refreshing twist. These additions can make drinking water more enjoyable and encourage you to consume more throughout the day.

2. Limit Dehydrating Beverages

Certain beverages can actually dehydrate you, so it's important to be mindful of what you're drinking. Minimize or avoid sugary drinks, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol, as they can have a diuretic effect and increase fluid loss from the body. Instead, choose hydrating options like herbal teas, coconut water, or infused water. These alternatives provide hydration without the dehydrating effects of sugary or caffeinated drinks.

3. Be Mindful of Water Source

Consider the source of your water to ensure cleaner and safer hydration. Tap water may contain impurities like chlorine, heavy metals, and bacteria. Opting for filtered water helps remove these contaminants and improves taste. Choose a filtration system that suits your needs, such as a reverse osmosis (R/O) water filter, to enhance water quality and provide peace of mind.

4. Add Electrolytes

Electrolytes play a crucial role in hydration and maintaining proper fluid balance in the body. When you sweat, you lose not only water but also essential electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Replenishing electrolytes prevents dehydration, muscle cramps, fatigue, and supports optimal hydration. Some options to consider include Quinton minerals, which are purified from seawater and provide all 78 necessary trace minerals and elements for optimal health and hydration, and adding a pinch of high-quality sea salt to your water along with a squeeze of lemon.

5. Consume Hydrating Foods

In addition to drinking water, you can supplement your hydration by consuming foods with high water content. Fruits and vegetables are excellent choices as they not only provide hydration but also essential vitamins and minerals. Include hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, and leafy greens in your diet. These foods can help keep you hydrated and contribute to your overall water intake.

Remember, staying properly hydrated is a daily commitment, especially during the summer months. By following these tips and making hydration a priority, you can ensure that your body stays refreshed, energized, and functioning optimally all summer long.

Have you checked out our Youtube? Our Naturopathic Doctors discuss today's Hydration blog in the video below! This information is time stamped at 9:46 but we'd recommend watching the whole thing - you'll get up to date tips about detoxification and everyday skincare health practices. Make sure to subscribe and like us too <3

About: Dr. Rachel Heussner is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She completed her medical training at Bastyr University in San Diego, California. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Rachel is certified in advanced IV therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) microneedling and injections. Her areas of focus include hormonal imbalances, women’s health, metabolic conditions, mental health, stress management, and gastrointestinal health.

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