Summer is fast approaching and with the weather heating up across the country, lets talk about healthy hydration!
Staying hydrated has multiple health benefits, some may even surprise you. Did you know that sipping on water is beneficial to your teeth? It washes away food debris and even counteracts the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth. If your water is fluorinated, even better. The fluoride in water helps to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.
Water also helps your body:
- Keep a normal temperature
- Lubricate and cushion joints
- Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
- Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
Not all drinks provide the same benefits to you and some may even do more harm than good. Avoid sugary drinks like sports drinks, sodas, and juices, all of which can increase the bacteria and acid level in your mouth. Also be sure to check the label of your bottled water, some have much lower pH than normal water.
Many of us will be spending more time outdoors in the coming months. Being outside in the heat or being physically active means that we have to drink more water. Be sure to pack enough water if you are heading outside and watch for any signs of dehydration including:
- Dry mouth
- Dark-colored urine
- Fast heartbeat