Water is one of the most underestimated nutrients. People mention it in passing, “I really should drink more water.” But the seriousness of staying hydrated is never really taken…well…all too seriously.
However, staying hydrated is incredibly important. Water helps to keep our body’s temperature within a normal range, gets rid of waste products, keeps our skin feeling and looking healthy, protects our spinal cord (and other parts of the body,) and helps our body take in vitamins and minerals (among other things.)
Hydration also prevents fatigue, as even a mild case of dehydration can cause you to feel tired and lethargic. It can even aid in maintaining a healthy weight, as dehydration often fools us into thinking that we need to eat something (when in reality, we’re just thirsty!)
Looking for some creative ways to stay hydrated this summer?
1. Make a batch of minestrone soup and eat it warmed or chilled on a hot summer’s day.
2. Fill your water bottle with unflavored seltzer water and add a splash of cranberry juice (or your other favorite juice flavor.)
3. Grab a cup of decaf tea after your lunch break at work and sip it throughout the afternoon.
4. Slowly increase what it is that you’re currently drinking until you’re able to drink one to two cups of water at each meal, followed by one cup between meals.
5.Fill your water bottle with ice cubes and wedges of fresh oranges and blueberries.
6. Eat your water. Fresh fruit. Vegetables. You name it. Most are loaded with water and they will go a long way in keeping you hydrated.
7. Buy a water bottle you LOVE. It should be not too big so that you can carry it everywhere but not too small that you find yourself wishing it held more water. For me, a 24 oz. bottle is the perfect size.
Question: How do you stay hydrated? Does it come easy or do you find that you have to constantly remind yourself to drink up?