How to Make Water Your Best Friend and Stay Hydrated This Summer

By: Dr. Allison

As the heat of summer approaches, make sure your days in the sun include plenty of fluids. to stay hydrated this summer, aim for 64 oz. of fluids daily. Choose mainly pure water or low-calorie (<5 calories/serving) beverages.

However, if you need a change, add a packet of sugarless flavoring, or put a slice of lemon or lime in plain water. You could also try filling a large pitcher with ice and water chilled with apple slices, cucumber slices or mint leaves. Decaf and herbal teas also count toward your fluid intake, but you should avoid caffeinated beverages.

More so, you may need more water if you exercise or sweat heavily. If you become dehydrated, you may get a headache, feel light-headed, or have trouble concentrating. As such, try to drink water before you get thirsty.

Tips for getting your daily water:

1. Keep water by your bed in case you wake up thirsty.
2. Drink some water when you get up in the morning. Start your day with a routine.
3. Keep a water bottle on your desk to sip throughout the day.
4. Take sips when you pass a water fountain.
5. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car or in your bag.
6. Drink water at regular intervals while exercising.
7. Buy a filter to get pure water for less money than bottled water.
8. Get your own eco-friendly sports bottle to carry around.
9. You can also check out apps on your smart phone for daily water trackers that remind you to drink.

Why is it important to drink enough water?

• Water keeps your body functioning properly. For example, water helps your kidneys get rid of toxins, maintains normal bowel function, and nourish your skin.
• Drinking enough water energizes your muscles to prevent fatigue and promotes quick recovery.
• Additionally, water helps with weight management. It has no calories and fills up the stomach making you less hungry. Drinking water in between meals can prevent overeating. Sometimes people confuse thirst for hunger. Try drinking some the next time you have a craving and see if it curbs your appetite.

How to stay hydrated this summer after bariatric surgery

While you may have heard for years that drinking water can help you lose weight, there are some special considerations after bariatric surgery.

1. Drink 1 oz. of fluids every 5 minutes. A slower rate of fluid consumption can prevent stretching of the esophagus and stomach.
2. Avoid carbonated beverages, and don’t drink with a straw. (This also prevents stretching and discomfort).
3. Stop drinking 30 minutes before meals if you have the sleeve or bypass. Drink up to the start of meals to help prevent sticking with the lap band.
4. Don’t drink with meals, or for 30 minutes after meals.

So, as you enjoy the warmer weather activities, remember to follow the “speed limit” and don’t guzzle. Bring along your calorie-free refreshing water!

 

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Kristin Allison
Dr. Kristin Allison is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and adolescent bariatric patients. She has over 10 years of experience working with those struggling with obesity and eating disorders. She received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and has led group therapy sessions. Dr. Allison is committed to helping guide individuals with continued support both before and after weight loss surgery. She is a member of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She is a member of the Bariatric surgery special interest group in the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Allison is proud to be a part of the multi-disciplinary team at Tri State Bariatrics.

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