Did you know that feeling thirsty means you’re already dehydrated? That’s right. You shouldn’t wait for that thirsty feeling to hit before drinking anything. During hot, sweaty, summer months, it’s even more important to stay hydrated.
We all have heard how important it is to stay hydrated, but what you may not know is the role hydration plays in keeping your heart healthy. When you drink enough water, it makes your heart’s job of pumping blood through the blood vessels easier. This ultimately helps your muscles work more efficiently. Dehydration can be serious, which is why you really need to drink enough water.
When people are thirsty, most kids and adults reach for sugary drinks like fruit juices, sports drinks and sodas. Not only do these sugary drinks lack any nutritional value, but they pose a very real and proven threat to our health and well being.
One way to see if you are getting enough water is by the color of your urine.
- Pale and clear urine = hydrated
- Dark urine = drink more water