By Wendy Crawford
“Record-breaking heat!” “First alert weather.” “Heat advisory.” “Scorching temperatures!” It seems that, for much of the nation, these have been common phrases used to describe recent weather.
For many of us who are sitting, this means overheating (due to an inability to sweat), dehydration (which can lead to constipation) and edema. Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Although it can affect any part of your body, edema is most commonly noticed in the hands, ankles, legs and feet.
We all know that the number one, most important action during these hot times is to drink plenty of water. This can get old after a while, though, and not everyone loves drinking water. Often they turn to soda, iced tea and other sugary, caloric drinks which are neither hydrating nor healthy. Some choose diet soda, but it has actually been linked to weight gain and high blood pressure. Fruit juice is a healthier option, but is still high in sugar, carbs and calorie content.