Everyone knows that drinking water is an important part of our everyday life. Water keeps the body temperature stable, protects vital organs, helps maintain body shape and is important for healthy skin. Although drinking water should always be a priority, it is especially important in summer.
On warm summer days, we spend most of our time outside and the scorching sun makes us thirsty.
- It is difficult to recommend a specific quantity you should drink, as each person’s needs are different. However, the recommended average is 2–3 litres per day. It is best to regularly drink water throughout the day to avoid thirst. If you feel thirsty, it is a sign that your body does not have enough water. Signs of dehydration also include fatigue, dry skin, muscle spasms, constipation and dizziness.
- Most of the water can be consumed through food. Various fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumber, celery and broccoli, are great for this, as they have a high water content, making them an ideal snack on hot summer days. To make drinking water even more pleasant, you can add fresh berries, lemon or peppermint to it for some zing and variety.
- Remember that caffeinated beverages (e.g. coffee, cola and energy drinks) and alcoholic drinks increase water loss, as they accelerate kidney function and increase sweating. Slightly salty water, which restores the body’s salt reserves, is the perfect drink when you are sweating.
- However, as with everything else, it is important to limit your intake, as excessive consumption may damage your kidneys and heart. Be one step ahead of thirst and keep yourself refreshed over the summer!
Written based on toitumine.ee by Marieta Lokk.