We’re are finally starting to experience those really long, hot July summer days in Colorado. After being quarantined for what seems like an eternity, all of us Coloradans are itching to get out and enjoy the beauty of this state because we can’t stand not being active!
It’s hot, we’re closer to the sun, and we’re exerting ourselves in a high desert climate. So how do you stay hydrated? The solution is relatively easy, however, if you fall behind on staying hydrated, it can decrease your ability to think & perform and it can quickly sideline any plans you have to enjoy this beautiful state. When the temperature climbs, you sweat more in an attempt to stay cool. You aren’t just losing water when you sweat though. You’re losing vital electrolytes that help your muscles contract, your heart beat, your brain work…the list goes on.
We get asked all the time “how much water should I drink?” There’s no hard & fast rule for this because everyone’s activity levels, diet, & routine are different. However, there are several guidelines that can help you stay focused and properly hydrated.
- Believe it or not, we have some clients that are so bad at drinking water they have downloaded an app in order to remind them to chug the good stuff (water, not coffee!). Some of the better water reminder apps are Daily Water Tracker Reminder (iPhone & Android), Drink Water Reminder (iPhone & Android), and Hydro Coach (iPhone & Android). It’s okay if you need an app or to set reminders on your phone, the point is that you’re giving your body what it needs to function.
- Timing is everything. If possible, schedule your workouts and outdoor excursions during the cooler parts of the day. Hiking up the Manitou Incline at noon while it’s 96 degrees out isn’t going to be ideal.
- The color of your urine is a good indicator of your hydration levels. A slight yellow tint means you’re right where you need to be regarding fluid intake. Darker colors can signal dehydration and sometimes more serious problems.
- It’s not just about fluid intake. Your diet plays a big factor in your hydration levels as well. We receive roughly 20% of our daily fluid intake from food. Think healthy fruits & vegetables such as watermelon, cucumbers, and celery. Eat up, your body will thank you!
Sometimes though, you need a little help because you’re too far behind the eight ball with your fluid intake, and that’s where we come in. There are a whole lot of great benefits to IV hydration, especially during the hot summer months. Here are just a few:
- Excellent means to “pre-game” before that next big hike or mountain biking trip. Dropping that fluid into the veins and directly into your system means immediate hydration without the bloated feeling of chugging water or sports drinks.
- Packed with electrolytes and vital micronutrients without any sugar or additives that bog you down.
- Hydrates, energizes, decreases brain fog, increases performance, removes toxins, increases endurance, & great for altitude sickness as well, just to name a few.
Enjoy your summer and stay hydrated, but if you happen to get dehydrated and need a natural boost, we got you covered. With over four hundred 5-star reviews, come see why Elevation Hydration is Colorado Springs’ leading IV hydration.