As the weather heats up here in Maine, staying hydrated becomes even more important. The weather in Maine is usually great. We have warm days and cool nights, which allows us to go without central air conditioning. This summer, the heat has been sticking around longer than usual. We have had far too many days in the high 80s and even into the 90s. These warm summer days make staying hydrated even more important than usual. Water is important for everyone, but H20 plays an important role in individuals with ADHD. Here are five major functions of water/H2O:
The Functions of Water:
- Regulates body temperature
- Involved in blood circulation
- Plays a role in numerous biochemical reactions throughout the body
- Circulates key nutrients throughout the body
- Removes waste from our bodies
Individuals with ADHD are more prone to dehydration when taking medications for ADHD. For example, stimulants can dry your body out if you don’t work to stay hydrated. I personally battle with staying hydrated every day. To prevent myself from dehydration, I try to keep a bottle of water with me at all times. I use a glass bottle with a silicone cover. I have multiple of these water bottles and I try to keep them around the house. When I leave the house, I almost always have a bottle of water with me. These are just a few of the ways I try to keep myself hydrated.
By not drinking enough water, you may be making your ADHD symptoms worse. One of the symptoms of dehydration is difficulty concentrating. Individuals with ADHD have enough of a challenge with concentrating and need to avoid making it worse by drinking plenty of fluids.
I would love to hear from you! What do you do to stay hydrated? Do you have a favorite water bottle type? Leave a comment and share! I would also love to hear if anyone has any tips on how to stay hydrated. Share your tips for staying hydrated in the comments!
Stay tuned for more information on staying hydrated all this week! If you ever have any questions, just send me a message. I love hearing from readers, so feel free to get in touch! As always, thanks for reading!
Until Next Time,
The Distracted Dietitian