Last fall I moved to the Midwest. After growing up in southern California and spending my early adult years there on the western coast, moving to the Midwest has been a big change to say the least. I am used to that “sunny and 75” (give or take a few!) just about year around. In the Midwest, I have yet to experience an ideal season. Winter brought life-threatening cold like I have never experienced, spring consisted of more rain in a few months than I think California has experienced in all of my years combined, and summer, well, is hot, muggy, and buggy! Yes, the bugs are another new experience for me. The only season I have yet to experience is fall, but I hear they save the best for last.
With all of these drastic shifts in weather, I’ve found that staying hydrated has been critical. Whether it is high temperatures and even higher humidity levels, or the blustery, dry cold, each season brings its challenges when it comes to hydration. Experts say that once the sensation of thirst is experienced you are actually already dehydrated. Year round we should be drinking adequate fluids each day so that we don’t ever feel the need to quench our thirst!