For those enjoying the Summer and spending hours outside in the sun and heat, even if you are in the pool or at the beach your body is losing water at a rapid rate. If you have a cocktail or two this further dehydrates you since alcohol is a diuretic.
Dehydration contributes to headaches and lethargy. It also causes you to retain water which leads to swollen joints and puffiness in the skin. If you want to feel good and look good in your bikini, then drinking loads of water is imperative.
To avoid lethargy, headaches or swelling, or even sun stroke, drink more water than you think you need. But, It’s so hard to remember when you are not having so much fun!!!.
So here are some tips and strategies to get your fluids up:
Have a (non plastic) water bottle with you at all times and aim to drink 1 liter every 2 hours.
Switch every second alcoholic drink out with an ice water or a soda water, so that you are alternating between a beer/cocktail drink and water.
If you are out with the kiddies, pack or buy some low sugar (or even homemade) popsicles to suck on.
Pack or buy loads of watery fruit such as honey dew melon and water melon.
Ditch the cocktails altogether and enjoy some fresh yummy fruit smoothies.
After your time by the pool in the sun, rehydrate even more with an additional liter or two of water. It may feel like water overload but it will greatly mitigate any negative effects from being out in the heat and can make the difference from feeling wiped out to feeling fresh.