By Ashu Gupta

Nature has been enormously graceful with providing us with unlimited supply of the elixir of life – water. It is necessary for the survival of all living species on earth. Water is so important for our survival that we just cannot survive without it.

But as water is vital of survival, its deficiency in the body can cause a lot of persistent problems. It is also important that we know how we should consume it and how it could help us stay fit and fine during the summers. Summers are hot and the body losses a lot of water through heat and sweat. Lack of water in the body, makes us exhausted quite easily in summers. It is important that we stay hydrated and drink water in plenty during the summers.

Let’s look at some of the ways how we should drink water and how it helps in keeping us fit during summers:

Drink Some Water As You Wake Up

Having some water in the morning helps kick start the metabolism.
Having some water in the morning helps kick start the metabolism.

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While we sleep, our body losses water. It is always advisable to drink some water before going to bed and after you wake up. It ensures that the body is dehydrated when we get up in the morning and moreover, drinking water in the morning helps remove all toxins from the body that it gathers all the night. It also helps kick start the body’s metabolism process.

Keep Drinking Throughout The Day And Don’t Wait To Drink Water Only When You Are Thirsty

Make drinking water your habit and not a mere necessity
Make drinking water your habit and not a mere necessity

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Don’t wait to be thirsty to drink water, drink little by little all through the day. You are already below the normal requisite quantity when you feel thirsty and sipping throughout the day helps lessen the stress on the heart and allows the body more time to absorb the nutrients.

Never Drink Water When It Is Too Cold

Drinking too cold water can damage the digestive tract
Drinking too cold water can damage the digestive tract

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Water at room temperature satisfies your thirst better than drinking it cold. Too cold water can shock your system and damage the digestive juices in the intestines. Medically, drinking cold water along with food can turn to be toxic while digestion.

Avoid Constipation In Summers By Drinking Water

Drinking water aids in proper digestion and thus no constipation
Drinking water aids in proper digestion and thus no constipation

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Constipation in summers is quite a common experience, and the one who suffers, only knows its pain. Drinking less amount of water during the hot days is one of the major reasons behind it. Water keeps the linings of the digestive tract moist and wet, helping the system of easily process, digest and pass out foods.

In the absence of water, the mobility in the intestines slows down and causes constipation. Eating foods rich in fibre and drinking ample water are the only respite.

It Helps Regulating Body Temperature

Drink water to keep cool in summers
Drink water to keep cool in summers

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We sweat more in summers than in any other season. The reasons are obvious. But, at the same time sweat and heat makes the body lose water causing dehydration and heat strokes, as the body temperature rises above normal in the hot weather.

The best way to counter such situation is drinking more and more of water and keep on drinking as we move. It is always suggested to carry a bottle of water along in summers, when we move out under the sun. It cools down the body and thereby helps in regulating the body temperature.

Helps Protecting The Skin From Heat And Sun

Keep your skin healthy and hydrated with water
Keep your skin healthy and hydrated with water

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Well this is an obvious one, yet we still tend to consume lesser amount of the beverage daily. Truth is, if your skin looks tired, so do you. By keeping your skin hydrated, your skin can do its part and remove toxins that builds up inside. Toxins can come from the environment and from you as well, so it needs to be removed constantly and particularly in the hot season it is more important.

It Is Heart Healthy

Keep your heart load free with water in summers
Keep your heart load free with water in summers

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Drinking a good amount of water can actually decrease your chances of heart problems such as a heart attack. Water thins out the blood in your body which makes it easier for blood to pump through the heart. So, the heart will have to do less work and last longer. Summers put a lot of load on the heart and all beacuse of the heat and sweat.

Tips For Drinking More Water In Summers:

  • Carry a bottle along: Make sure that whenever you go out, carry a bottle of drinking water, so that you don’t to reach out for it, whenever, you need it.
  • Have juicy fruits: If you are not so much water friendly, juicy fruits are good options. Reach out for oranges, watermelons, lemons, apples, grapes etc. These fruits have high water contents and also the essential nutrients to keep you hydrated and healthy all season.
  • Have healthy soups with veggies for lunches: We all have our lunches and in summers it is good to have foods that have high water contents. Soups helps retain the water content of the body and veggies provides all the nutrients needed for a healthy body along with added water. Cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and cucumbers are good summer foods with high water content.

DISCLAIMER: While we have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared here; it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. it is important to first always check with your own doctor before trying any medication, practice or suggestion from this site.

Ashu Gupta
Ashu Gupta is the founder of Ashu Gupta’s Diet Clinic and an acclaimed dietician and nutritionist.She staunchly believes that healthy living is not about just eating plain and tasteless foods and following strict guidelines with a lot of restrictions, but it is about enjoying life to the fullest with certain lifestyle modifications and enjoying all the good foods. Her dedication is her belief and her realistic approach to diet and nutrition has made her carve a niche for herself in this highly competitive atmosphere.