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Happily Hydrated

Paid Advertorial by Cesar Lara MD

Living in Florida, we know that the heat of the summer is a fact of life. We also get rather used to the higher temperatures. But as the temps skyrocket, it’s easy to become dehydrated, and it’s important to know the signs that your body shows when dehydration is setting in.

The Mayo Clinic points to these five signs of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness and fatigue
  • Headache and confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Insatiable thirst

When you notice the signs of dehydration, you’re already on your way to being dehydrated. If you exhibit these symptoms, immediately have a glass of water to start the re-hydration process. Of course, it’s better if you never allow yourself to get to this point.

Five tips for staying hydrated:

  • Drink water, and plenty of it. According to the American Heart Association, drinking sugary sodas or caffeinated teas and coffees will not keep your body hydrated. They can act as a diuretic and cause the loss of more liquids.
  • When you think that you’re hungry, go for a glass of water before that snack. Thirst is often and very easily confused with hunger, and because of that, we tend to eat, when all we need is a drink. Having a glass of water as opposed to a snack also saves calories and fat intake.
  • Keep track of your water intake. Knowing how much water you should consume in a day versus how much you have consumed will allow you to keep track of your hydration.
  • Carry water with you. When you know you’re going to be outside in the heat, carry a bottle of water to replenish the fluids you will lose from sweating. Instead of going for store bought bottled water, purchase a reusable water bottle to cut down on waste.
  • If you need to, set reminders on your phone or watch. Sometimes all you need is a simple reminder to have a drink.

Drinking water is the best method for most people to keep hydrated. However, many people don’t like to drink water because of the lack of flavor. To add a little flavor without adding calories,  the Center for Disease Control suggests adding a slice of lemon, lime, basil, or other healthful aromatic to your water.

Be conscious about your hydration. Not only can doing so protect you from harmful diseases such as heat stroke, it will also make you feel considerably healthier.

Dr. César A. Lara, his board certified physicians, and his support staff are committed to helping you achieve your dreams of a thinner, healthier you by providing you with the most current information and the most compassionate, supportive care. It is Dr. Lara’s belief that when you join his weight management program you have essentially joined his family; and therefore, you will be treated as such.  Dr. Lara has paid for this advertorial.


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