With the summer heat comes a lot more sweating, and we lose more water than we usually do in the colder months. This makes it even more important to vigilantly keep your body hydrated. Since this can be a challenge for some, here are some helpful tips to make sure you stay hydrated this summer.
Eat Your Water
When you want an alternative to that glass of water, consider foods with high water content. Many cooling foods, such as cucumber, grapes, and watermelon, are high in water content and can help to boost your hydration efforts. Don’t get carried away with these, as they also come with a glycemic load that puts your blood sugar levels at risk.
Carry A Reusable Water Bottle
Make it a habit to carry your reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. Even if you’re just walking around the house, take your bottle with you. This will be a reminder to drink water, and it’ll always be on hand. There are many fun water bottles that you can buy; some even have time measurements on the side to keep you on track with drinking water throughout the day.
Track Your Water Intake
There are many ways that you can do this, from keeping a note in your phone to downloading a water intake app. You don’t need anything fancy or high-tech. You can buy a water bottle with measurements or buy an extra-large water bottle where your entire water intake for the day will fit in one fill-up. Tracking can even be as simple as rubber bands that are moved from the top of your water bottle to the bottom each time you empty it.
Flavor Your Water
If you don’t feel like drinking plain water, add some natural flavoring. Put some mint and lemon wedges into a pitcher and let the flavors infuse your water. You can also put fruits, such as berries and watermelon, or make cucumber-infused water. The options are endless!
Remember Not All Drinks Are Equally Hydrating
Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics and will dehydrate you, so it’s wise to limit your consumption. When you choose drinks other than water, make a habit of having a glass of water after your beverage. Coconut water is an excellent alternative to regular water if you want to switch it up. It also contains electrolytes, which regulate fluid balance and keeps you hydrated. If you buy coconut water at the store, make sure it doesn’t have any added sugars.
Keep Yourself Cool
Staying hydrated isn’t only about drinking as much water as possible— you also need to make sure you’re not losing too much of it. If you notice you’re sweating a lot, get yourself out of the sun and cool down. Try not to be outside in the middle of the day when it’s hottest out, and carry a portable fan with you if needed.
Hydration is foundational to wellness. It’s not optional because every organ and tissue in your body requires water to function properly. Want to take a simple first step toward improving your health? Start by chugging a big glass of water and keep your body hydrated.