Eric Pederson

With the weather getting warmer, summer is a great time to discuss the importance of proper hydration. Staying hydrated is essential to keep you feeling your best and ensure optimal functioning of your body. Did you know that approximately 60% of your body is composed of water? From regulating body temperature and transporting nutrients to lubricating joints and aiding in digestion, water plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health. Dehydration, on the other hand, can lead to a range of issues, including fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, and even more severe complications in extreme cases. Below are some ways to ensure you are drinking enough water and maintaining adequate hydration:

  1. Sip Water Throughout the Day: Make it a habit to drink water regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty! Set reminders on your phone or keep a water bottle within reach to stay hydrated effortlessly.
  2. Opt for Water-Rich Foods: Include hydrating fruits and vegetables in your diet, such as watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, and lettuce. These foods not only offer essential nutrients, but also contribute to your overall fluid intake.
  3. Monitor Your Urine Color: Pay attention to the color of your urine. Ideally, it should be pale yellow or straw-colored. Dark yellow or amber urine may indicate dehydration, signaling the need to drink more fluids.
  4. Stay Ahead During Physical Activity: When engaging in exercise or other strenuous activities, increase your water intake to compensate for fluid loss through sweat. Aim to drink water before, during, and after each workout session.
  5. Hydrate Beyond Water: While water should be your primary fluid intake, you can also include other beverages like herbal tea, unsweetened fruit juices, and low-fat milk. However, limit sugary drinks, as they can contribute to excessive calorie intake.
  6. Consider Your Environment: Hot and humid weather, as well as air-conditioned spaces, can lead to increased fluid loss. Take extra care to hydrate adequately in these conditions.
  7. Personalize Your Water Intake: Everyone’s hydration needs vary, depending on factors such as age, weight, activity level, and overall health. If you have specific concerns or conditions, consult your PharmaChoice Pharmacist for personalized hydration recommendations. Your Pharmacist will assess your individual factors and help you create a personalized hydration plan that aligns with your specific requirements, considering underlying health conditions and medications you are taking. 

Your PharmaChoice Pharmacist can help support your hydration in a multitude of ways. Pharmacies carry a variety of hydration products including oral rehydration solutions, electrolyte drinks, and hydration supplements. Your pharmacist can review your medications with you as certain medications can affect your hydration levels or increase the risk of dehydration as a side effect. Certain health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease, can impact your hydration status but your Pharmacist can collaborate with your healthcare team to develop a plan to maintain hydration while managing your condition. Overall, your Pharmacist is a great resource for information and can help you monitor and prevent dehydration.

Hydration is a simple yet vital aspect of maintaining your overall health and well-being. By implementing the above hydration strategies and talking to your PharmaChoice Pharmacist, you can stay better hydrated and support your body’s natural processes, even in the heat of summer.


Make Hydration Simple - Speak to Your Local Pharmacist About hydration Supports, Advice, and Issue Prevention

Eric Pederson
Pederson Family PharmaChoice
Melfort, SK