Summer is here and we can finally enjoy the sun and get the chance to enjoy outdoor/summer activities. While it is a fantastic time to soak up the sun (and get some Vitamin D), it is important that we prioritise self-care to ensure that we stay hydrated and nourished during this summer season. Here are some essential tips to keep you feeling refreshed and revitalised all summer long! Let’s dive straight in!
Invest in a large water bottle: It is best to have water on you just in case, as you never know where you will be able to fill it up (especially while out travelling)! Having a larger water bottle makes you feel inclined to drink more, rather than ‘preserving’ what you have left while acting as a reminder to drink up!
On average, a person should have eight 8oz glasses or roughly two litres of water every day. During the warmer months, you should drink roughly two and a half litres.
Stay fresh by eating rich fruits and vegetables: Certain fruits and vegetables contain a large amount of water in them such as: watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, cucumbers and tomatoes. On top of this, fruit and vegetables contain a vast amount of different vitamins in them. For example, a single strawberry contains: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C and Folate (folic acid). For a full list of Vitamin levels in fruit and veg, click here.
Hot weather can increase the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) for those on blood glucose-lowering medication such as insulin.
Avoid caffeinated & sugary beverages: This includes: coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks This one may be a tough one because who doesn’t love a caffeinated beverage in the summer. However, due to the diuretic effect of caffeine, this beverage may cause an increase in water loss which could result in an accelerated rate of dehydration. Furthermore, the sugar in these beverages may increase blood sugar levels that can in turn, make you feel even more thirsty. Here are some drink alternatives with little to no sugar that may help with your sugar cravings:
- Sparkling water (flavoured or unflavoured)
- Fruit and/or herb infusions
- Coconut water
Replenish with electrolytes: Electrolytes are essential minerals that are vital to many key functions in the body. Electrolytes are responsible for directing water (and nutrients) to the areas of the body where it is needed most and maintaining optimal fluid balance inside the cells. Replenishing with electrolytes is especially important if you are active during the summer months! Electrolytes replace the salt, potassium and magnesium you lose when you sweat.
Do you want an instant, quick and easy solution? Then book our Hydration Drip! Our staple Hydration Drip will rehydrate and refresh you, perfect for those who are dehydrated and need an instant extra boost. You can also customise your Hydration drip with IV Drip Extras and add in extra micronutrients to make your Drip as unique as you are! To book your Hydration Drip today, click here.
When dealing with dehydration/heat exhaustion, it is important to notice what signs to look out for so you can beat the heat!
Signs of dehydration/heat exhaustion include:
- Tiredness and weakness
- Dark yellow urine
- Heavy sweating
- A fast pulse (faster than 100 bpm)
- Muscle cramps
Follow these tips to have a healthy, hydrated summer!
If you are worried that you might be suffering from heat stroke/dehydration, or experiencing any of the symptoms above, please contact your GP.