When you think about dehydration, the first thing that comes to mind is that your body isn't getting enough water. Your body needs water to function properly and when it's hot and humid, your body loses water much faster. Water is the most essential nutrient. As a general rule of thumb, you should drink about half your body weight in water. So for example, if you weigh 150, you would want to drink 75 ounces of water per day. However, if you're exercising, you will want to increase your water intake. If you are heading out on the water for the day, be sure to bring enough bottled water with you to keep everyone hydrated throughout the entire day.
2. Regulate Your Water Intake.
In addition to the amount of water you consume each day, it's important that you pay attention to how often you are drinking your water. It's important that your water intake occurs in somewhat regular intervals throughout the day. Chugging a gallon of water and then not drinking anymore for like 6 hours isn't a good idea. There is a such thing as drinking too much water at once and you should spread your water intake out throughout the day. Keep in mind that thirst isn't a good indicator of hydration because if you're feeling thirsty, chances are you're already becoming dehydrated. Like mentioned before, bring plenty of bottled water with you for a day of fun in the sun, you don't want all the water to be gone at the beginning of your journey and then be thirsty the rest of the boat ride.
3. Mix Up Your Drinks.
While plain water is best, you don't have to only drink water all day to stay hydrated. There are other drinks that can hydrate you as well. Consider grabbing an ice cold smoothie, a sports drink, coconut water,or even a tea or coffee. I know what you're thinking, coffee can count as water? Well not exactly, but in a way yes. You don't want to just drink coffee all day and have no water, but coffee is a fluid and can be counted towards your water intake. According to a report by the National Research Council's Food and Nutrition Board, the amount of caffeine in tea and coffee does not discount the fluid in them.While it might not be easy to make a smoothie on a boat, you can easily pack some sports drinks in with the bottled water to offer some variety in drink choices.
While it's important to drink enough water, you can also get water through the foods that you eat. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine's recommendations, you should eat 20 percent of your daily water intake. Next time you're feeling thirsty, pile some delicious summer-friendly fruits and veggies on your plate. Watermelon, celery, cucumbers, strawberries and lettuce are all great foods to help you stay hydrated. Each of these foods contain various levels of water, as well as other important nutrients for the body. Instead of just packing salty chips and cookies, add some fresh fruit to your snacking menu on the boat. Fruit can easily be thrown in the cooler along with the bottled water to stay chilled throughout the day.
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