Stay Hydrated this Summer with these Tips:
Did you know that 75% of people are chronically dehydrated? That’s a pretty big number! This is because most people fail to spot the symptoms of dehydration. Deceptive beverages flood our stores and shelves, making it hard to decide what drinks are good for you, and what drinks contribute to dehydration. Water is always the best bet. Follow these tips designed to help you stay hydrated!
Track and Set Reminders
Most people become dehydrated because they forget to grab a drink throughout their day. Set alerts on your phone to remind yourself when you should be reaching for your next glass of water. Track your progress so you know exactly how much you are drinking.
Bring a Bottle of Water with You
Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. This will allow you for easy access when you’re parched (it’ll also save you money since you won’t have to buy a drink.) Bring your bottle to work with you so you can refill your bottle once you finish. Sweeten your water by adding some flavor! Flavor your water with fruit, mint or cinnamon. The result will keep you coming back to drink more.
No Sugary Drinks
Sometimes we can be fooled into thinking we’re being healthy with products like Gatorade or Vitamin Water. Did you know these products have the same amount of sugar per serving as soda? Sugary drinks dehydrate your body, making you thirstier and craving for another sip. The next time you need to quench your thirst, put down the sugar and reach for a nice high quality glass of H2O.
Eat your Fruits and Veggies
A good resource for water is in the food we eat every day. In fact, 20-30% of our water intake should come from the food we eat. By eating fruits and vegetables (which are high in water content,) you can reach this goal. Set aside fruits and vegetables for snacks throughout your day.
Don’t Forget to Drink More when you Exercise
When we perform physical activity (especially in the heat) we’ll begin to lose water as sweat. If you’re planning on going to the gym, running or doing a workout, make sure you bring extra water with you to replace the fluids you’ll sweat out.
Check your Urine
I know… I know… it sounds gross, but checking your urine is a good indicator to how dehydrated you are. If your urine is a light pale yellow (or even clear) then that means you are right on track! The darker your urine is, the more dehydrated you are. Use this method to gauge when you should drink more water.