It's a sunny fall - tips for staying hydrated during warm weather

November 5, 2018
splashing water in the air with pieces of oranges

We're well into the fall season, but good old Los Angeles is still having its hot days. You'll find Angelenos enjoying outdoor picnics, gorgeous sunny hikes and cool pool afternoons, even though summer is gone. With our consistent warm weather, it’s important that we remember to stay hydrated. If remembering to drink water is difficult for you, we’ve compiled a list of great tips to help keep you hydrated.

  1. Drink up: It’s advised that you drink eight glasses of water a day. If you want to add a little fun and flavor to your daily water intake, try freezing coconut water in an ice cube tray and adding the coconut ice to your water. You can also infuse your water with fruit slices such as lemon, lime or oranges.
     
  2. Opt for a sports drink or coconut water: These beverages are packed with energy-boosting nutrients like electrolytes and carbohydrates, which are important for nerve and muscle function.
     
  3. Seek alternative sources of water: Your food can account for a quarter of your daily water intake. Alternative sources of water include:
    • Hamburger
    • Chicken breast
    • Soup or broth
    • Jell-O
    • Grapes
    • Watermelon
    • Fruit juice
    • Sports drinks or flavored waters
    • Smoothies
       
  4. Download a water reminder application for your cell phone or tablet: There are several free mobile applications available on your cell phone and tablet that will remind you to drink water, such as Plant Nanny or My Water Balance. Many are fun and serve as effective reminders to keep you hydrated! 

While you should never wait until you notice signs of dehydration to start drinking water, it’s important that you can recognize the signs of dehydration. They include:

  • Little or no urine
  • Urine that appears darker than usual in color
  • Dry mouth
  • Experiencing fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Little or no tears when crying