4 Easy Tricks To Help You Stay Hydrated
We all know we should be drinking more water every day.
Our bodies use it for a number of different functions, like regulating body temperature, supporting digestion, and keeping our cells and organs working properly.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle, or just get healthier — drinking enough water is crucial to your success.
Unfortunately, staying hydrated is often something that people find difficult or just don’t prioritize. Below are a few simple tasks to make drinking water less of a chore.
You should be drinking at least half of your bodyweight in ounces every day.
We recommend drinking at least half of your bodyweight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, then we recommend drinking 100 ounces of water per day.
Keep in mind that this is a very general rule, and that depending on certain factors like the ones listed below, you might need to increase your intake:
Exercise habits: activity that produces a lot of sweat require fluid replenishment.
Location: humid climates and high altitudes increase dehydration.
Caffeine: If you regularly consume coffee, black tea, juice, soda, and alcohol.
Pregnancy: pregnancy and breastfeeding require increased hydration.
Invest in a water bottle that you like and that fits into your lifestyle.
Splurge a little on a water bottle that you know you’ll use. If you’re constantly on the go and want to make sure your water stays cool, try a bottle that’s insulated. Once you have your special bottle, divide your daily total water goal by the number of ounces in your new water bottle so that you know how many bottles you need to drink in a day. For example, if your water bottle holds 30 ounces, and your goal is 100 ounces of water a day, then you should be drinking a little over three bottles.
Create water rituals.
If your body becomes accustomed to drinking at certain times of the day, it’ll be easier to reach your daily goal. Drink one full water bottle before you do anything else in the morning. Drink eight ounces or so before every meal. Drink a bottle during and after a workout. Once you do this a few times it will start to become your norm and part of your daily routine.
Make your water more interesting.
Yes, water can be a boring beverage, especially when we’re surrounded by so many other options like all kinds of fruit juice. Unfortunately, though, water is the most effective when it comes to hydrating your body. Other options are often packed with sugar and can end up having the opposite effect on your body.
You may be more inclined to drink water if it was a little more interesting. There are numerous ways to spice up your H20. Pick up some lemon or limes, pre slice them, and store them in the fridge for your morning water. As an added bonus, adding lemon to your water can help with digestion as well.
You can also freeze fruit and add that in for an extra kick. Take some blueberries, strawberries, raspberries — or whatever you prefer — and store them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they’re frozen, plop them in your water, and you’ll get a similar flavor to that of juice, but without all the added sugar. Adding a little fruit goes a long way.
Eat your water.
Drinking isn’t the only way to hydrate. Certain foods have a high water content and can help contribute to your daily hydration goal. Fruits and vegetables in particular are rich in water. Many foods that are in season during the summer months, such as tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers, and strawberries, are nutrient dense with water, minerals, and electrolytes. Other foods that are loaded with H20 include: