Dehydration can happen in the blink of an eye and relentless summer temperatures don’t help this matter. Keep reading for some surprising facts and quick tips on how you can stay hydrated and healthy this summer.
- Most Americans, about 75%, are considered chronically dehydrated.
- Whenever thirst is triggered, dehydration is already occurring.
- For the average adult, the recommended intake amount is 10 cups of water per day.
- Don’t forget about electrolytes and carbohydrates! Both nutrients help your body absorb the fluids you’re drinking. Quick tip: Pedialyte contains both electrolytes and carbohydrates.
- Check your urine. Urine color is an indicator of your hydration status. Dark yellow urine typically signals dehydration.
Maintaining proper hydration habits helps ensure you don’t suffer from any of the negative effects of dehydration (headaches, grogginess, etc.). In serious situations, dehydration can also lead to heatstroke. Always monitor water intake and make sure you’re drinking more water than you’re losing. These habits can help you and your family have a safe and fun summer in the sun!
Information per Abbott Nutrition. Link to full article here.