Its important to stay hydrated during all day summer events.
In case you haven’t noticed the fact that the world is currently blanketed in rainbow, June is pride month. All over the country this month, people are gathering in droves to celebrate the existence, acceptance, and freedom of the LGBT+ community. It’s especially important this year in this particular political climate, to stand by your beliefs and support the various communities, so if you have a chance to experience a pride parade, I strongly urge you to take it! That being said, I also encourage you to stay hydrated.
Parades are long, and hot during the summer months, so its really easy to get dehydrated. This goes double or triple for anyone who might be drinking a few or more cocktails. I know parades are for celebrating, but it’s still important to be mindful of your body, so here are five ways to stay hydrated during a parade, pride or otherwise.
Hydrate. I know this one is super, super obvious. But your best bet is to drink lots of water. If you can make a rule to drink one cup of water between each alcoholic drink you will stand a much better chance of making it through an entire parade. I suggest you bring an empty water canteen and fill it up as you go through the day.
Pedialyte. Pedialyte comes in powder form, so it’s easy to bring with you. When I’m going out for drinks I always bring a pack of it, and then drink it before bed. It is a hangover MIRACLE cure. So drink some pedialyte before the parade, and then before you go to bed. Just make sure to drink water too, as Pedialyte just makes it easier for your body to absorb.
Snack on fruit. Fruit contains water naturally, and its portable as well. I know everyone hates them, but melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon) are easy to bring along, and snack on throughout the day.
Monitor your urine. I know I’m talking a lot about urine lately, but you can tell if you’re dehydrated by how dark your urine is. If its clear, you’re in the clear. I know that’s a terrible joke because it doesn’t rhyme or anything, but the truth is the truth.
Recognize the signs of dehydration. Nausea, chills, headaches, and excessive thirst are all signs of dehydration. Keep them in mind during the day, but also remember that some of these symptoms can also be caused by excessive alcohol use.