Do I re­ally need to drink more wa­ter in the sum­mer?

Women's Health Australia - - ASK WOMEN'S HEALTH -

Yes. But it’s not be­cause your body’s H20 needs sud­denly spike the minute we hit day­light sav­ing. “Ev­ery­one has their own fluid re­quire­ments, de­pend­ing on their height, weight and level of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” says di­eti­tian Alana Mac­don­ald. “Your base­line fluid re­quire­ments don’t change from sea­son to sea­son, but cir­cum­stances mean you need a lit­tle more in the sum­mer months.” Why? It’s sim­ple: you sweat more – and the more fluid you lose from sweat­ing, the more you’ll need to drink to re­plen­ish it. And we’re not just talk­ing about the pur­pose­ful per­spir­ing you do when pow­er­ing through a cir­cuit in a sunny park. That dewy slick on your fore­head while you’re sand­wiched be­tween com­muters counts, too. “Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres daily, all year round,” sug­gests Mac­don­ald. “And if you’re work­ing out hard, drink ex­tra.” How much? There’s no hard-and-fast rule, but your wee is a good in­di­ca­tor of how hy­drated you are. Pale to clear is your goal. Cheers to that.

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