Why staying hydrated is important

As the temperatures rise, staying hydrated this summer is important. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “getting enough water every day is essential for your health, and healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals.” However, during the summertime, we find ourselves sweating a lot more – causing our bodies to dehydrate faster than we may realize. It is key that we replenish our fluids during the hot summer months. children eating fruit

To keep your immune system strong, follow these tips to staying hydrated:

  •  Carry a water bottle at work or running errands.
  • Choose water instead of sugary beverages such as soda or juice.
  • Add a lemon or lime wedge to your water.
  • Keep track of your fluid intake and make sure to replenish.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool off.
  • Adjust your exercise based on how hot it is outside.
  • Avoid exercise in extreme heat.

What are other ways to stay hydrated?

According to the CDC, there are recommendations for daily total water intake that can be obtained from a variety of beverages and foods, including:

  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Skim Milk
  • Lettuce
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Celery

I think I’m dehydrated. What can I do?

If you think you may be dehydrated, the Mayo Clinic offers some suggestions:

  • Reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids.
  • See a doctor if you have had diarrhea for 24 hours or more or if you can’t keep down fluids.

If you think you need to see a doctor, it’s valuable to know that you are covered. To enroll in a health plan, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov before the coronavirus special enrollment period ends on July 15.