It’s bad enough that the temperatures outside are getting unbelievably hot. Add to this all of the responsibilities you have to juggle, which has you moving around as if you’re in a race. There’s always something to do, left and right. Whether you’re having a normal day of work or you’re out on an outdoor weekend activity with the family, it’s important to be mindful of your fluid intake. If you’re dehydrated, you can be sure that your body won’t only feel weak but your mood will also change for the worse. It’s normal to feel sluggish too.
As the warmer seasons are fast approaching, surely everyone can use a tip or two in learning how to better stay hydrated. Dehydration is a very serious problem since your body needs proper hydration to function well.
That said, here are tips you can apply for better hydration:
- Drink Water
Water is a very abundant and cheap resource that you have in your home. So, why don’t you take advantage of this and drink as much water as you can?
It may seem like a very basic beverage, but it’s still the best one for you to take to keep your body hydrated. It has no added calories or sugar, so it’s good for keeping your weight in check while keeping your body healthy.
Plus, given that water makes up a majority of the body, it’s just fitting to nourish it with water as well.
While it’s a simple piece of advice to hydrate with water, there are still many who don’t meet the daily requirement of drinking 8 to 12 glasses daily, simply because they don’t like water, it’s not a priority for them, or that they just forget to.
It’s actually pretty straightforward to remember drinking water:
- Drink a glass as soon as you wake up while waiting for your breakfast or coffee to finish. It’s very helpful to hydrate the body early in the morning, as you easily lose all the hydration during the hours of the night that you’re sleeping.
- Bring your own water bottle to work or school, so it’s easier for you to remember to take a sip regularly. This also cuts down the need for you to always buy a bottle of water, which isn’t friendly to your budget and the environment.
- Flavor your water with a few slices of fruit, if you still find the taste of water to be quite bland.
Drinking water regularly is very important, as it carries many other advantages for your body. Here are some of the other benefits of water:
- It carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells,
- It aids in digestion,
- It may normalize blood pressure,
- It cushions the joints, and
- It regulates body temperature.
- Eat Fruits And Vegetables That Are Rich In Water
If you don’t like drinking water, then eat water! There are fruits and vegetables you can include in your daily diet that can keep you hydrated. Filling your plate with fresh produce can keep you hydrated without adding unnecessary calories to the body. So, fruits and vegetables in their natural form are still better than smoothies or shakes that may already have added milk or sugar.
To give you a variety of options, here’s a list of water-rich fruits and vegetables that you can include in your next grocery list:
- Make Use Of Fitness Apps
Now that the use of smartphones has become the norm, it’s not surprising that there’s an app for almost everything. This includes fitness and health apps that track not just your food intake but your water intake as well.
Take the time to browse through your phone’s app store and look for these apps. Download it and use this to remind you to drink water or to help you take note of how much water you’ve already been taking.
- Minimize Alcohol Intake
Alcoholic beverages are still fluids, yes. But apart from all the nasties it gives, alcohol is also a diuretic. This means that it can dehydrate your body more than actually hydrate it. If you aren’t careful enough, this means that you’ll lose so much fluids simply by drinking too much alcohol.
- Drink Skim And Low Fat Milk
After you’ve been out and about or once you’ve completed strenuous activities, one of the ways to hydrate your body is to drink skim or low-fat milk. This is better than store-bought energy drinks that may give you that energy boost, but could also have so much sugar in every bottle.
Hence, it’s a good idea to keep skim or low-fat milk at home. If you’ve got children at home, you can also have this ready for when they’re going to play outside. That way, you’re giving them another alternative to just water, but also healthier than their usual juice box drinks.
This is caused by the main makeup of milk which has high concentrations of electrolytes. This is essential in keeping the amount of water in your body well-balanced.
- Understand The Signs Of Dehydration
The key to keeping your body better hydrated also means understanding what the different signs of dehydration are. In doing so, you have a means of doing your own self-check whether or not you need to fuel up with more water. Plus, it also gives you a hint as to when your body is telling you it needs to drink water.
Some of these signs of dehydration include:
- Yellow or dark-colored urine,
- Muscle cramps,
- Dry mouth,
- Bad breath.
Keeping your body healthy necessarily means keeping your body hydrated as well. You can’t just fuel your body with food and then neglect your fluid intake. Remember that this goes back to the makeup of the human body, which comprises a high percentage of fluids. So, it’s only fitting for you to feed it enough fluids, too. If you feel you’ve been struggling lately with keeping your body hydrated, the tips above can be the start of the solution to nourish your body with more fluids.