The number one rule of summer is staying hydrated (it's a year around rule tbh) and somehow it's one rule we seem to neglect. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, we should be drinking a few liters of water a day (women need about 2.7 liters and men need about 3.7 liters) to stay hydrated.
Your body depends on water to survive. So if staying hydrated is something you tend to put on the back burner we've got 6 ways to make sure you are getting enough of it!
ADD FRUITS AND VEGGIES!
If you're picky about the brand you drink or just don't like the taste of plain water you're less likely to make it a priority. In that case, we suggest dressing up your good ol' H20 with some tasty fruits and veggies! Some popular options are lemons, strawberries, cucumbers and mint. The added flavors will have you reaching for your bottle more often!
SET A REMINDER
How many times have you started your day with a jug filled with water and good intention only to return home with it more than halfway full? One of the biggest problems we have with water is actually remembering to drink it. Try setting a few alarms on your phone to help remind you throughout your busy day!
INVEST IN A COOL BOTTLE
Treating water like a an accessory keeps it by your side and on your mind. From stylish glass designs to cool smart bottles, it won't be hard to find one you'll proud to tote around!
PACK WATER-RICH SNACKS
While drinking water is very important, there are so many healthy foods that can contribute to keeping you hydrated. As you lounge by the pool this summer try swapping out snacks like chips and dip for treats like yogurt, applesauce, or jello. You can even try freezing your favorite summer fruits! There are tons of healthy homemade fruit popsicle recipes you can try!
Here are few fun recipes we've found:
MAKE SURE YOUR HUNGER ISN'T THIRST IN DISGUISE
Dehydration is often thought to be be hunger. If you find yourself heading right back to the fridge after a satisfying meal chances are you're probably just thirsty. Next time you get a bit of hunger pain grab a glass of water and see if the feeling fades!
LOOK OUT FOR SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION
It's just as important to be aware of the symptoms of hydration as it is to take preventative measures. Here are a few signs of dehydration:
Sleepiness or fatigue
Dizziness or feeling light headed.
Little or no urine.
Urine that is darker than usual.
Staying hydrated is an important part of keeping the body energized and functioning properly. So whether your summer is spent being active or simply sunbathing make sure you grab a bottle on your way out the door!