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Hydrate Well all Summer Long

Cool waterOur soaring heat wave has some people heading to the lake and some people complaining they are stuck indoors in air conditioning to keep cool.   With either choice comes the need to stay adequately hydrated. Heat and cool air are drying to the skin. Heat causes sweating. Toxins are attracted to the ingredients we sweat out, especially fats. These toxins need to be wiped off the skin to prevent reabsorption. Proper hydration will support our sweating, keep our cells happy and well-functioning, and will give our skin a glow.

Adequate hydration also helps our body regulate our temperature more efficiently. Heat stroke is especially dangerous, so drinking water throughout any long term exposure to heat is vitally important. I have found sipping water every hour on the hour is easy to accomplish. Facing several 8-10 ounce glasses of water is more difficult for me as I tend to want to down each glass all at once to get it over. Sipping is ideal as it won’t leave one feeling water bloated.

Sometimes a person experiences overall itchy skin in the summer. When there doesn’t seem to be an apparent reason for the itching, it is called idiopathic pruritus. Hydrating well often can resolve this skin condition calming nerves and providing flexibility of cells and their ability to take in nutrients and expel wastes.

Another important reason for drinking enough water is the prevention of kidney stones. Kidney stones can occur from a variety of causes, but hydration is vitally important for moving fluid wastes efficiently through the kidneys for elimination. If your urine is brighter in color, this can tell that you are deficient in water consumption.

One of my favorite sayings from one of my favorite medical researchers on health, Dr. Sherry Rogers, is “the solution to pollution is dilution!” Health requires timely movement of wastes from our own cellular metabolism, from chemicals and toxins in food, water, and air, and from poor lifestyle choices. Hydration moves such invaders more quickly through the body to maintain proper functioning.

Sip water often and remember your sunscreen as well. Your whole being will be happy this summer.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT, MSHN owns NewTritionally Yours! providing nutrition education classes. She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

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