By: John Kerecz
You’re playing, singing…and sweating. Summer is here and there is a good chance you will be playing some outside gigs. But even when you’re rocking out inside, do not let yourself get dehydrated. What’s the big deal about drinking water and being hydrated? Well, it can greatly affect your health, may even lead to a stroke, or worse! Most experts recommend six to eight glasses of water a day (those are 8 oz. glasses, folks), but there is no “secret amount.” Everyone’s body is different, but as a general rule of thumb, the more you use up water, the more you have to ingest to maintain a good balance. Singers use up more water if they are sweating during performances, or simply working in a hot, dry venue. It’s easy to become dehydrated without even knowing it, since thirst cannot be used as a cue (by the time your body tells you you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated).. But there’s another variable to account for when assessing water consumption: the amount of caffeine and/or alcohol you’ve had. Tea, coffee, some soda, other caffeinated beverages, and alcohol tend to dehydrate the body by increasing urine production, known as the ‘diuretic effect’. Don’t worry about the exact amount of water you drink, just keep to six to eight glasses a day, but adjust that volume up on days you perform or consume caffeine.
- Drink six to eight glasses a day
- Adjust the amount of water you consume to take into account
sweating and caffeine
- Room temperature water is better than hot or cold
- Sip rather than glug
- Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink