The summer heat has picked up and with it comes the importance of staying hydrated. It’s no secret that staying hydrated is an important part of your overall health, especially when the rising thermometer can leave us feeling drained and dehydrated. You can avoid all those issues by following just a couple simple tips and tricks.
Tips for Getting Enough Water Chances are every health expert you talked to loves water and blames any problem you have on lack of enough water in your diet. They do so with good reason – benefits of enough water range from healthy skin, appetite suppression, good digestive health, prevention of headaches and removal of impurities from our bodies. Here are some tips to make sure you are getting enough water:
- Always have a water bottle within arm’s reach. Keep a bottle in your car, one on your office, one on your bedside table.
- Mark your water bottle with ‘deadlines’ of when you should have drank a certain amount by. Several phone apps such as Waterlogged are also available that will remind you to keep drinking and get your quota for the day filled. Genius right?
- Do NOT wait for dehydration signs to kick in (headaches, dry mouth, muscle cramps, dry skin). Thirst is actually not a very good indicator of your level of hydration. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re probably already getting dehydrated.
- Let’s face it, water can get pretty boring sometimes. Add flavors (mint, lime, cinnamon sticks etc.) to your water to keep things interesting and detox your body whilst keeping hydrated.
- Make a pact to only order water at restaurants and say no more sugary soft drinks, which will make you more dehydrated than if you don’t have anything at all.
Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables Who says you can’t have your water and eat it too? Fruit and vegetables are super high in water content. You can hydrate your body with water rich foods like celery, cucumber, grapes, lettuce, watermelon and tomatoes – all these items are at least 90% water and you should be getting five servings of different fruit and vegetables per day.
Limit Caffeine We all love that caffeine high first thing in the morning, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with one or two cups of coffee per day. However, caffeine in coffee, tea, and sodas has a diuretic effect, meaning it makes your body get rid of liquid faster than usual. Thus, try to limit caffeine as much as you can in order to maintain the hydrating effects of water, fruit, and vegetables.