Staying hydrated is an important part of staying healthy – and it is all the more important during the summer months in Vancouver. With sunshine comes hotter temperatures and a higher UV index, which can lead to multiple health issues including heat stroke, sun burn, and dehydration.
When the body becomes dehydrated, one may exhibit symptoms such as fatigue, dry mouth, increased thirst, headaches, dizziness, and decreased urine output. When you are severely dehydrated, you may develop a drop in blood pressure, an increased heart rate, confusion, and can even have convulsions. These aforementioned symptoms of dehydration are why it is so crucial that you drink plenty of water.
Dr. Ali Ghahary recommends that men aged 19 or older have an intake of 3 L of water each day, which is the equivalent of 12 cups, and women have an intake of 2.2 L, the equivalent of 9 cups.
In order get the appropriate amount of water each day, always carry around a water bottle with you or have it at your desk. Taking sips throughout the day will ensure that you are staying hydrated. Watermelon is also a great, flavourful way to get that H2O, as it’s made up of approximately 90% of water. Watermelon is also high in antioxidants, vitamin’s C, A, and B6. To include water in your meals, you can also eat salad, as lettuce consists of 95% water content.