With the weather increasingly heating up and more and more activities being moved outside, dehydration becomes a real risk. Along with the health risks, lack of enough fluids results in grogginess, headache, low blood pressure, lack of energy, dry mouth and decreased skin elasticity. However, it can get hard to stay hydrated without having to be constantly chugging water. Today I'll share some tips and tricks that have helped me, as an inconsistent water drinker, to stay hydrated during the hottest months and keep up with all your upcoming summer activities!
Eat More Water Rich Foods
20% if our water intake actually comes from the food we eat! So by choosing fruits and vegetables with a higher water content (watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, melon, etc) we can stay hydrated with every meal.
Start the Day with Water
Before your morning cup of coffee, which does add to your water intake but is also a diuretic, start by drinking a liter of water as soon as you wake up. This replenishes the water that you lost overnight and gets your digestion started, not to mention it kicks off your hydration for the day without having to keep drinking water all morning.
Cut Back on Alcohol- Just a Little!
I'm not saying you can't enjoy your favorite summer cocktails, because that would just be unrealistic, but try to have a full glass of water between drinks. This will not only help you stay hydrated, but you'll have an easier time recovering the next day!
Flavor/Infuse Your Water
If flavoring your water makes it easier to drink more of, then try mint, lemon, or berries this summer! If you workout often, also consider adding flavored electrolytes for an extra boost in your recovery.