7 Easy Tips for Drinking More Water in Summer

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Boy drinking more water in summer to stay hydrated

We all know we should be drinking more water in summer. When the weather starts to heat up, most of us feel a natural need to drink more water to quench our thirst. We also know that drinking water prevents dehydration and to keeps our body functioning correctly.

No matter whether it’s hot or cold outside, the benefits of drinking water remain clear, including helping to keep us active, improving brain function and boosting our immune system to name a few.

However as we move into the Australian summer and the mercury starts to rise, let’s take a closer look at how we can maximise the benefits of drinking more water in summer.

So What Are the Benefits of Drinking More Water in Summer?

There are a lot of benefits to stepping up our water intake in the warmer weather. Here are just some of them…

  • Regulating Our Temperature – Drinking more water in summer helps to combat the effects of the heat on our body
  • Improving Heart Health – Our heart works harder when the body is tired and staying hydrated helps to ease the exertion
  • Preventing Heat Stroke – Dehydration is common in summer which can lead to heat stroke so keeping our water intake up can help us stay hydrated
  • Hydrating Our Skin – Being exposed to the sun can cause skin dryness  but staying hydrated can help our skin too
  • Preventing Dry Mouth – Ever felt parched when it’s hot?  Drinking water regularly helps ensure our mouth and throat doesn’t get too dry

And What About the Risks of Not Staying Hydrated When It’s Hot?

As you may have noticed, drinking water has a lot of advantages, but what happens if we don’t have enough of it?

  • Fatigue and Exhaustion – One of the first problems faced if we don’t drink enough water is fatigue and exhaustion
  • Dull and Dry Skin – Dehydration can cause skin dullness and dryness as well as making our skin lose its elasticity and plumpness.
  • Persistent Headaches – Our brain relies on water for efficient functioning and if we don’t consume enough, headaches can occur

7 Tips to Help You Drink More Water in Summer

So what can we do to ensure we are staying hydrated in summer?

Here are 7 tips to help ensure you’re getting enough…

  1. Drink a Glass of Water First Thing in the Morning – Before your first cup of tea or coffee, reach for a glass of water to start your day
  2. End Your Day with a Glass of Water – Make it a routine to end your day with a glass of water just before you brush your teeth
  3. Carry a Water Bottle – Make sure you carry a bottle everywhere you go just like your mobile phone!
  4. Switch Soft Drinks To Water – Before you reach for a sugary soft drink to quench your thirst, try a glass of water first
  5. Track Your Water Intake – You can do this through an app or even by investing in a labelled water bottle to measure how much you’re drinking
  6. Add Flavour to Your Water – If you find water a little bland, add some fruits such as lemon or berries or even a sprig of mint to add a subtle taste
  7. Drink Water When Doing Physical Activity – When you reach for your sneakers reach for your water bottle too – a must in hot weather when physical activity can drain your energy fast!

How Much Water Should We Drink in Summer?

According to Australian guidelines, people should consume about 8 to 10 glasses in a day*. However this does depend on your environment (e.g. how hot it is or how dry) as well as your personal circumstances (e.g. body size or how active you are).

To ensure you’re drinking enough when the weather heats up, try using some of the 7 tips in this article to ensure you get your recommended quota and of course having a spring water cooler with instant access to refreshing cool spring water is a great way to start.

We can certainly help you with that here at Pacific Springs!

* Source: https://www.mydr.com.au/nutrition-weight/drinking-water/ (as of 24 November 2022)