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Why You Must Up your H2O Intake in Summers?

Stay hydrated, folks!

Wellness
| Contributor Content| UPDATED: June 1, 2018, 3:10 PM IST
Why You Must Up your H2O Intake in Summers? Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ vgstudio/ shutterstock.com
Water is considered the harbinger of life on Earth and no wonder it is the most required nutrient for staying alive. Our brain comprises 85% of water, our blood 80% and our muscles 70% of water, which make it quintessential for performing normal body functions.

While a hydrated person exudes energy and performs tasks normally; dehydration can lead to fatigue, sugar and junk food cravings, increased appetite, depression and irritability, high blood pressure, impaired memory and concentration, poor digestion, constipation, headaches, muscle cramping, gout, joints pain, premature aging, breathing problems and so on.
As per common perception, water is required to quench thirst. However, water is needed by our body for keeping the tissues moist, lubricating the cushions between your joints, protecting the spinal cord, to flush out toxins from your body, to digest food, to be able to breastfeed adequately and much more.

Therefore, whether you feel thirty or not, grab a glass of fresh sparkling water at least once in an hour.
Water loss during summers is more as compared to winters. In summers, the intake of water needs to go up to regulate body temperature.

Also, as the summer season is showing its full bright colors, chances are that once in a while you may fall prey to diarrhea or vomiting. During such times, you must increase your water intake substantially and also supplement with electrolytes powder to replenish the lost water content.

Buy a stainless steel water bottle today and sip through it the whole day. Keep a glass of water by your bedside at night and drink it first thing in the morning when the alarm buzzes. Say no to Sugar laced cold drinks, energy drinks and sport drinks, and switch to fruit-infused water, coconut water, lemonade (sans sugar), buttermilk or green tea.

As per experts, we must aim at drinking 2.5 litres of fluids every day, which comes to 12 to 15 glasses, most of which should comprise of water alone.
First Published: June 1, 2018, 3:10 PM IST
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