Monsoon and dehydration: Are you drinking enough water?
Dehydration is a common complaint during hot and humid weathers. This is because humidity can make you feel hotter. That’s why a 320C can feel like 380C if the humidity level is as high as 65%!
Our body has its own mechanism to maintain the core body temperature of 370C. When the temperature gets too hot outside, our body acts quickly to cool down the body by means of producing sweat, a process also known as thermoregulation. When this sweat comes in contact with the air, it evaporates cooling down the body.
However, during monsoon, when humidity level is at its peak, the moisture in the air hinders the evaporation of sweat and hence you feel hot and sticky, which thereby triggers the body to release more sweat to cool itself further. This action causes body to work harder while heating up the system inside.
Importance of hydration –
Our body is made up of 70% water which is concentrated in all our cells. Dehydration strips the cells of water and vital minerals and hence a person feels tired, lethargic and dizzy. Dehydration during monsoon can happen to anyone of any age. Therefore, it is very important to drink ample amount of mineral water to replenish body’s mineral balance and maintain a healthy temperature.
“During monsoon people prefer multiple cups of hot beverages like coffee or tea over plain water and hence they do not realise how little water they have consumed. You may not even realise you are dehydrated until you start feeling giddy or have muscle cramps. Even a 2% decrease in body’s water weight can lead to problems like forgetfulness, confusion and visual disturbance1. On an average an adult needs 2-3 litres of water daily to stay well hydrated” says Clinical Nutritionist, Geetanjali Chitale.
She shares some excellent tips to stay hydrated in monsoon –
- A general rule of thumb is the formula 8x8. Remember to drink 8 ounces of water, 8 times a day! You can start your day with at least 2 glasses of pure and safe water.
- Packaged mineral water is best during monsoon because it is loaded with essential minerals and also purity and safety is guaranteed.
- During monsoon, your drinking water may get contaminated, therefore, Avoid drinking water directly from unknown sources. Mineral water is best during monsoon because of the purity and safety it provides. Bottled water from reputed brands undergo multiple purification steps and it undergoes a battery of quality tests to ensure that it is pure and safe.
- Add flavouring to your water in the form of lemon, cucumber, or Jaljeera. Not only does doing this enhance the taste, they add additional minerals to your water.
- Other forms of beverages like tender coconut water, lime water, kokum squash, buttermilk, soups and fruits-vegetables with high water content like watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber etc. also help in keeping the body hydrated
The importance of right hydration in one’s diet cannot be overstated. Hence, it is important to stay well hydrated and enjoy the rains. Happy monsoon!
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