I have the incredible good fortune of being able to spend my summers at our cottage. That means that when we have a heat wave like we are having these days, I’m able to jump in the lake as often as it takes to keep a smile on my face.
Even though I’m always aware of proper hydration, it is easy to make a mistake. I fell asleep in the sun this afternoon and when I woke up, I was light headed and groggy, obvious signs of dehydration. Two our guests suffered similar symptoms. It doesn’t take much!
Dr. Mary McCartney, a physician from Scotland recently criticized the wisdom of drinking 8 glasses per day, indicating that people don’t need to drink that much water. Her statements have been criticized far and wide, and for good reason.
You need to replace the water you lose each day. Under normal conditions, that means 2.5 quarts/litres per day. You get about 0.5 quarts/litres from your food, which means you need drink 2.0 quarts/litres of water per day. If you exercise for one hour, add a quart/litre. When the weather is hot add a quart/litre.
You don’t have to drink water specifically, but your body doesn’t require any other fluid. Acidic drinks, sugar based drinks, and alcohol just cause havoc in your body that can have long term and devastating effects. Perhaps Dr. McCartney should lay off the fine malts offered in her country and drink more water.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.