Health & Happiness: Staying hydrated during the hot months, Summer Health Tips

By Dr. Bryen Bell

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no denying that it is hot outside! You are probably donning a pair of sunglasses, slathering on sunscreen, and heading to the beach or pool to stay cool. With the rise in the mercury, it becomes even more paramount to stay hydrated.

Staying Hydrated During the Summer is All About Fluids

The essential step to staying hydrated during the hot summer months is to drink a sufficient amount of water. H2O helps carry heat away from your internal organs. Your water intake should always be balanced. Physicians advise drinking eight glasses of 8 ounces of water per day. If drinking plain water is not your thing then you can add ice or a slice of lemon to improve taste and encourage increased consumption.

Feeling Thirsty Signals Dehydration

If you start to feel thirsty, then the chances are good you have already lost one percent of your body’s water through sweat. You should be consuming enough fluids throughout the day to prevent feeling thirsty.

Water Alternatives for Staying Hydrated

Milk, hydration electrolyte drinks, and some juices all assist your body in maintaining your hydration level. Always abstain from energy drinks and alcoholic beverages which cause dehydration.

Turn to Whole Foods to Up Your Hydration Levels

Eating whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and smoothies are all great ways to up your fluid intake. Whole foods also provide a feeling of physical satisfaction. Be mindful of what you eat on a daily basis during the height of the summertime heat. Fluid rich foods are a great way to prevent dehydration.

Sodium May or May Not Help

Sure snacking on a bag of chips poolside might sound appealing but in reality, the salty, high carb treat will end up robbing your body of valuable liquid, and you will feel thirsty after snacking. However, if you have been sweating excessively, then your body may be starved for sodium, but you should turn to an electrolyte beverage instead of salty snack foods which may satisfy your salt craving but rob your body of liquid.

Ultimately, the most significant summer health tip is to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body well-hydrated so you can enjoy the lovely warm weather.

Dr. Bryen A. Bell is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with 20 years of professional experience. He practices with his wife and operates True Potential Chiropractic, a professionally endorsed, award-winning family care facility. Questions regarding any information in this article please contact 503-574-4872. Or visit them online at