As we move closer to the summer months, temperatures across the United States will steadily increase, which means more heat and less moisture.
I live in the Charlotte, NC area and over the past few days, temperatures have spiked to over 90 degrees (a little over 32.2 degrees celsius) — so drinking enough fluid is essential, especially as an active person. Unfortunately, most people in the US walk around mildly dehydrated and do not know it.
Signs of mild dehydration include headaches, dry eyes, muscle cramps, infrequent urination, dizziness and fatigue. But don’t fret– mild dehydration can be easily cured at home, with two Folk Medicine remedies.
Fruit: Including more fruit in your daily diet not only gives your body the essential vitamins and nutrients it screams for — fruits contain natural salts and sugars (fruit sugar is not table sugar) to reestablish your body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes are important to keep you hydrated to keep important bodily processes working as they should.
Juicy fruits, like watermelons, mangoes, plums and peaches (any fruit that has high water content) are recommended.
Water: Now of course, we can’t cure dehydration without water, right??
Did you know, the average adult body is made up of over 55% water?
If you lose as little as 1% of that water you can easily feel the symptoms of dehydration.
To avoid dehydration, know how much water you need. There is a simple calculation you can use to determine your specific daily water intake needs, which is “your body weight multiplied by .5“.
For example: 175 lbs x .5 = 87.5 ounces of water per day.
Now you could possibly need more, depending on your activity levels and/or any certain conditions your body is in (such as pregnancy).
With that being said– stay hydrated and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend.