Happy 4th of July! It’s time to show our pride in this amazing country and celebrate its natural beauty as well as everything we’ve brought to it!
We’ve got great lakes, great rivers and some of the top sources of fresh water on the planet. There’s no excuse to be dehydrated while we celebrate Independence Day this year, especially with these helpful dehydration prevention tips!
Dehydration Prevention Tips
On July 4, when the weather is hot and you’re spending a lot of time in the sun and heat, your typical 7 or 8 glasses of water likely won’t be enough. If you’re very active, you may need to double that amount! Make sure you have water and, if you have kids or you’re hosting a party, make water readily available to everyone and encourage them to keep drinking it.
Some foods naturally come with hydrating benefits. Fortunately, they’re also some top 4th of July classics! Carve up lots of watermelon this year and dig in whenever you want a low-cal, low-sugar, hydrating, sweet treat!
Avoid sugary drinks
Everyone loves a nice sweet drink on a hot day – especially kids – but all that sugar can cause you to be more dehydrated instead of hydrated. Avoid pop, juices, lemonade and sweetened iced tea. If your July 4 isn’t complete without one of those options, make up for it with an extra glass of water for each glass of sugary drink.
Alcohol is a diuretic. That means it flushes fluids out of your body, making it easier for you to dehydrate. As with sweet drinks, match any alcoholic drink you have with a glass of water. As an extra benefit, staying hydrated will help to reduce the risk and severity of a hangover!
The less overheated you are, the less water your body will need to use to keep you cool. Sit in the shade, head into air conditioning when you’re feeling especially hot, take breaks from intense activity, dress appropriately for the weather and consider a cooling towel that helps to keep your temperature down through evaporation.
Know the signs of dehydration
The most noticeable signs of early dehydration include dry lips and tongue, weakness and feeling tired. Some people also get paler skin and/or experience muscle cramps. You should be vigilant not to reach this point, but if you do, make a priority of rehydrating fast!
Let’s make this 4th of July the best one yet. Keeping hydrated with these dehydration prevention tips will keep up your energy levels, comfort levels and overall wellness so you can get the most out of the entire day, right up until that last firework shimmers through the sky.