From the desk of Lori Aufderhar, Summit’s Director of Operations/Retirement Coach:
Extra hydration is necessary during the summer heat. This summer I’ve heard of more people having to go to the ER due to complications of dehydration. Many with infections of the urinary tract, bladder, and colon. Some have blacked out and fallen, causing them to go the ER with a fall related injury.
Remember coffee and sodas aren’t water – they are actually diuretics, which causes you to become more dehydrated. These may be alternatives in moderation when you are sick of water, just don’t use them as a replacement for water.
From the “Your Nutrition” chapter of my book “Not It:” An Approach to Life I recommend:
WATER: Minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses
Drink at least half your weight in ounces of water per day. (for example, if you are 150lbs, try to drink 75oz of water).
Tips: Keep bottled water in a small cooler or use an insulated travel mug when you’re on the go.
Further in the chapter, I explain more:
No matter what you eat, make sure you are doing what you can to be properly hydrated throughout the day. I closed my insurance office a few years ago and had a lease on the spring water cooler, which I could not bring with me. I let my son and his roommate use it and he said to me later they had not been drinking much water beforehand because the taste of the city water was awful. So they were drinking soda much of the time instead. Once they started drinking the cold spring water, they noticed how much better they were feeling. Try it; see what a difference this can make to you.
Consider a water cooler with a five-gallon bottle as an alternative to buying smaller “to-go” water bottles. It is not only healthier than soda, but it is less expensive—hmmm, more healthy and financially fit, a win/win. Do tests before you say “not it”; see how you feel when you are getting enough. Do not substitute other liquids for water even if they contain water. This will help flush your body of toxins. Your skin, hair, and nails will be happy, and you will have fewer headaches and more energy. You will be less constipated, especially if you combine with a high-fiber diet, which will keep your colon happy and help you lose weight.
Enjoy the summer season and remember to drink water to increase energy, stay healthy and feel better.