Summer Hydration

The skin is the largest organ of the body and also the one that meets the elements first. In the summer, the main concern is rays from the sun. While the sun is important for providing the body with vitamin D, it doesn’t just have benefits. Too much sun is not healthy for anyone.

The skin is continually reinventing itself. Old skin cells on the surface are sloughed off and new skin moves to the top. We don’t notice that this is happening as long as the skin stays healthy and maintaining its life cycle. When the skin gets dry, that is another story entirely.

The main thing for skin is to maintain a proper level of moisture and suppleness. Here are some suggestions to help you do that.

* Drink water – Since a large part of the body is made up of water, it is necessary to replenish what is lost through urination, sweating and cellular processes. A fact is that when you feel that you are thirsty enough for a drink, it is already past the point of normal thirst. To stay on top of hydration, drink at least eight glasses of water a day at regular intervals. The easy way to accomplish this is by carrying a reusable water bottle that will hold at least 32 ounces of liquid. Once you finish drinking it, you’re done.

* Eat water filled foods – Many healthy foods contain water. You don’t have to get all of your hydration each day from drinking water. This is good news for people who aren’t fond of plain water. Try berries, melons, and veggies like celery and carrots.

* Drink cold water – Cooler water absorbs into the system more readily. You can even feel that coolness traveling throughout your body. It takes warmer water longer to do its job so keep a jug of water in the fridge to drink during outdoor activities and exercise.

* Avoid caffeine – Drinking lots of caffeine in coffee, tea and soft drinks can dry you out. You are actually reversing your hydration by sucking them down in hot weather. Stick with water as much as you can. For a new taste, add a flavor packet to your water bottle for a sweeter taste.

* Avoid lots of salt – The body needs sodium but not in the quantities that most of us eat it. Too much salt can lead to bloating and increased thirst.