There are two outdoor temperatures that get my attention when I experience them for the first time each year. The first is 100 degrees which will roar into town tomorrow.
According to this link, the graph above shows the average temperatures for the Phoenix, Arizona area. You see, once we hit 100 degrees, it stays 100 degrees for months. Months!
Every year once we hit 100 degrees, I’m surprised to find that the simplest of tasks, such as drinking enough water, can become a losing battle quickly. But not this year (hope springs eternal.)
To start, I’ll use a hydration calculator to determine my individual hydration needs. I’ll ask my family to do the same.
I’ll encourage drinking water as our family’s primary beverage by having easy access to it. Our refrigerator filtered water and ice dispenser is indispensable to combat the Arizona heat. We also buy the best tasting filtered water we can afford. We carry water with us at all times for sipping. If sipping is a bore, there is the option to drink “3 water meals a day” by drinking to a comfortable fullness. Room temperature water is easiest to drink. We use a lot of straws.
To increase interest and variety, to our drinking water I’ll add sliced lemon, lime, ginger, cucumber, bruised mint, or berries, cherries, mango, pineapple, oranges, watermelon to water. Sparkling water is refreshing. We brew teas and herbal drinks and stay away from sugary stuff.
Can’t forget that fruits are 80% to 90% water so we’ll increase fruit and vegetable intake. Believe it or not, we’ll enjoy broth soups, too. I need to set hydration reminders on my phone and tag drinking water to other routine activities such as waking or brushing teeth. Yes, all of this and more to simply stay hydrated.
The second outdoor temperature that gets my attention is 110 degrees. I won’t let myself think about that now. 😉
Do you have any favorite hydration tips? Is dehydration a concern for you? Do you face similar challenges during the summer?
Stay hydrated, stay cool ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc