Summer of Healthy Eating Week Three: Stay Cool, Be Hydrated
There’s a major heat wave going smothering the United States right now. I heard on the news that there were only 5 states that didn’t reach the 90s this weekend. How are you keeping cool? Under normal circumstances, our body does a good job at cooling itself and maintaining proper fluid balance. When it’s hot and humid however, the body struggles to maintain balance and because of the humidity, it’s more difficult for body to properly cool down by sweating. Below are some tips to help you stay cool and hydrated in this heat
- Get to the AC. By and large, this is the easiest way to stay cool. If this is not an option at home, consider spending some time at your local library or check with your city to see if they offer cooling stations. They offer this in Atlanta. It’s a great respite from the heat and it helps save electricity too.
- Drink before you get thirsty. Believe it or not, thirst is a poor indicator of hydration. Maintain good hydration by drinking fluids throughout the day – the age old advice of 8 cups a day is a good target but you may need a little more or less to meet your optimal hydration level.
- Eat hydrating fruits and veggies. Melons, berries, salad greens, tomatoes and cucumbers are all 90% water or more. This is a great way to boost your level of hydration throughout the day.
- Get a big gulp… full of ice! If you’re on the road and find yourself in search of refreshment in a convenience store, instead of filling up on 64 ounces of soda, fill a large cup with ice or ice and water. Sucking on the ice after you’re done with the water will not only keep you hydrated but it will also keep your mouth busy… no room for cheese puffs, donuts or candy bars..
If you are an avid outdoor exerciser, be careful. Running in the heat can be dangerous. Read my previous post here for more on maintaining hydration.
So how are you staying cool and hydrated during this heat wave?
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