myFM: Essential Hydration Tips for Summer

by Lianne Phillipson June 20, 2024

myFM: Essential Hydration Tips for Summer

As the temperatures soar and humidity rises, staying hydrated becomes more crucial than ever. While drinking water is a key part of keeping your body hydrated, it’s not always enough on its own. The real secret lies in the minerals within the water, which play a vital role in maintaining optimal hydration levels.

Here’s why hydration matters and how you can keep your body adequately hydrated during the sweltering summer months.

When it comes to hydration, minerals are just as important as water itself. Minerals such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium help regulate fluid balance, muscle function, and nerve signals. This is where coconut water comes into play. Known for its high electrolyte content, coconut water is an excellent choice for hydration, especially in hot weather. It naturally contains essential minerals that can help replenish what’s lost through sweat.

Not all beverages are created equal when it comes to hydration. Drinks high in sugar, like iced cappuccinos, milkshakes, and sports drinks, can actually dehydrate you further. Sugar can draw water out of your cells, making hydration more difficult. Instead, opt for drinks that are low in sugar and high in electrolytes, such as coconut water or homemade electrolyte solutions.

To stay properly hydrated, aim to drink at least 1 ounce of clean water per kilogram of body weight each day. If you're active and sweating a lot, especially in hot weather, you’ll need even more—about 1 ounce per pound of body weight. “Active” is defined as engaging in two or more hours of intense physical activity daily in the heat

One simple way to enhance your hydration is by adding a pinch of Celtic Sea salt to your water. This type of salt contains a range of minerals that help your body absorb and utilize water more effectively. Additionally, minerals from seaweeds like Irish Sea Moss can provide further benefits, supplying essential nutrients to support overall hydration.

It’s important to recognize the early signs of dehydration so you can address it promptly. Symptoms include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fatigue

A quick way to check your hydration status is by monitoring the color of your urine. Light straw-colored urine indicates good hydration, while darker urine suggests you need to drink more water. Additionally, if you haven’t urinated in several hours, it’s a sign that you need to hydrate. If you experience dry lips, mouth, or tongue, you’re already behind on your hydration and should start rehydrating slowly to give your cells time to absorb the water effectively.

For more in-depth information on hydration and the role of minerals, check out our expert interviews. Episode 189 features an H2 expert who dives deep into the importance of water, while Episode 159 covers the benefits of salt in maintaining hydration.

Stay safe and hydrated this summer by prioritizing mineral-rich fluids and keeping a close eye on your body's signals. Remember, proper hydration is essential for maintaining your health and well-being during the hottest months of the year.

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