Staying hydrated during the hot summer months is crucial to feeling and performing at your best.
Like most of us, you probably know you should drink more but never quite remember.
But, skipping water not only leaves you thirsty, but sluggish hungry, forgetful, and tired. Over time, a lack of hydration results in wrinkles, a poor immune system, and less than optimal sports performance.
So, what's getting in the way of a healthy water habit? Bored with the taste? Not enough time? Are you not sure how much you should be drinking?
Bored with water? How do you make your water taste better without adding sugar or artificial flavorings? Infused water to the rescue!
Infusing water allows you to change the taste with fruit or herbs without increasing calories or sugar content.
1. Fruit infused water
You can make water taste better by infusing it with fruit and herbs. No extra calories and no added sugar! Raspberries and lemon, mint and lime, orange and ginger are all great combinations.
2. Drink When You Wake
Drink a full glass of water as soon as you get up. You likely became slightly dehydrated overnight and need extra fluids. The water also wakes up your internal organs and gets everything going.
3. Keep a Bottle Handy
I carry a water bottle everywhere. If I have to get up and go to the kitchen for a glass of water, I just won't do it. When I have a bottle with me I sip on it throughout the day and get my necessary fluids without even thinking about it.
4. Set a Reminder
Setting a notification on your phone every hour to drink a glass of water ensures too long doesn't go by without drinking. By the end of the day, you will have had plenty.
5. Post a Reminder or Screen Saver
Making a reminder, post it note or screen saver reminding you of the benefits of drinking water can keep you motivated and on track.
What are the benefits of staying hydrated?
- Mental clarity
- Skin health
- Muscle strength
- Improved digestion
- Decreased joint pain and stiffness
- Weight loss
If you are performing strenuous athletic events or working outside in the heat or humidity, you may need more than just water. In this case, you likely lost electrolytes. Replacing lost sodium and potassium, as well as replenishing lost fluids.
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However, the average person performing average daily activities does NOT need an electrolyte replacement to stay hydrated. Water will be just fine to do the trick as long as you get a steady stream of it throughout the day.
Any questions about hydrating, fueling, and performing your best? Send them to our Wellness Expert at firstname.lastname@example.org