The 3 Best Ways to Stay Hydrated During a Heat Wave

Dr. Anthony Ho

Summer is at its end, and Fall is rolling around the corner. As the seasons change, we see green leaves turn to hues of yellow and orange, spattered across parks and sidewalks. Still, nature’s signals aren’t always obvious. After all, this first week of September 2020 brought record-breaking heat to Drip Doctor’s home state of California. And although some states are feeling the onset of Fall weather, California remains bright, sunny, and HOT

When the temperatures rise, your air conditioning bill should not be your only worry (although it’s a fair one to have). The type of intense heat that Cali has seen over this last week calls for some extra attention paid to your body and its levels of hydration. Hot weather has been linked to increased risk of dehydration, so it’s important to keep yourself in check and ensure that the forces of nature are not impacting your health.

How can a heatwave make me dehydrated?

When temperatures rise, your body’s internal systems (also known as Homeostasis) begin to function to cool you down. The first response your body has to increased heat is to make you sweat. Although it can be an uncomfortable and unwanted experience, sweating actually protects you from overheating. Still, the process of sweating releases some of your body’s water and sodium, essentially dehydrating your body. If you don’t take the proper precautions to replace those fluids and minerals, you can experience dehydration and decrease your overall health and wellbeing.

That being said, it’s important to know a few ways that you can stay hydrated through a heatwave and rehydrate if necessary. Here are 3 of the best ways to ensure that you’re hydrated during this September heatwave:

1. Drink Water!

Seems like the obvious answer, but there are more people than you may think that aren’t drinking enough water. In fact, a study done by CDC found that nearly half of all Americans aren’t drinking enough water. As you may have learned in grade school, your body’s makeup is 60% water. When you drink water — and we mean pure water, not juice or soda or kombucha — and have enough electrolytes, your body can easily absorb the fluids and maintain hydration.

This is especially true when the weather is hot and/or you’re sweating excessively. The more fluids you release, the more you need to ingest in order to maintain balanced hydration throughout your body. Of course, you can have too much water, but that is very rare and difficult to achieve. If you want to know exactly how much water you should be drinking, you can easily figure this out with a simple calculation. 

 

How to calculate my optimal daily water intake:

Your weight in lbs x ⅔ (or 0.67) = amount of water in ozs )

And remember, it’s okay to go over that amount, especially when the weather’s hot and you’re releasing a lot of fluid through sweat.

2. Get an IV Drip

If you’re looking for a fool-proof way to increase your hydration — or replenish after getting dehydrated — an IV Drip from Drip Doctors is the answer. They have a number of IV Drips packed with fluids, vitamins and nutrients that can support a number of your health and aesthetic goals. Each Drip will provide anywhere between 0.5-1L of fluids, allowing you to receive maximum hydration no matter which option you go with. If you’re looking for an all-in-one drip that is sure to optimize your hydration, the Limitless Drip is a great option. It’s a 1 liter drip of water and vitamins designed to hydrate every cell of your body and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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3. Eat foods rich in Electrolytes

 

As mentioned earlier, pairing your water intake with increased electrolytes is the best way to ensure that your body is absorbing all of the fluids and hydrating you on a cellular level. Electrolytes are typically made up of sodium chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. 

Although you can easily supplement with these, the best way to naturally increase your intake is to eat foods rich in these minerals. Some of these foods include:

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Coconut Water
  • Kale
  • Nuts

As we move through this hot September, let’s ensure that we stay healthy and hydrated! If you want to find out more ways to hydrate and increase electrolytes, contact Drip Doctors any time and speak with one of our professionals.