How to Make Sure You’re Staying Hydrated

Everyone knows that water is the best thing for your body (literally every system in our body depends on it), but here’s a quick list of the benefits of staying hydrated:

1. Improves your skin, both the color and the texture
2. Keeps your system healthy by helping your body flush out toxins
3. Helps maintain a healthy weight
4. Reduces pain in joints, cartilage, and sensitive tissues
5. Helps with the circulation of minerals and nutrients in the body
6. Helps you FEEL GOOD

Every doctor has a formula for how much water you should be drinking, but honestly, the best way to stay hydrated is to simply listen to your body. You may need more or less depending on the day, time of month, whether you’ve exercised or not, and what you’ve eaten. But your body will tell you when it’s thirsty, and your joints will tell you if you’re dehydrated. Here are a few signs of dehydration to look for:

1. Feeling thirsty (obviously, but what you may not know is that feeling thirsty is a sign that you’re already past the point of being dehydrated!)
2. Dry mouth
3. Irregular bathroom usage (or no bathroom usage at all)
4. Sunken eyes and dull skin
5. Dizziness and sleepiness
6. Headaches

As summer approaches, we are more likely to become dehydrated. Here are a few ways to  make sure you’re staying hydrated all summer long:
Bring a Water Bottle.

Buy a reusable water bottle and bring it with you everywhere you go! If you always have water near (and make sure to always keep it full), you’ll naturally start drinking more water since its easily accessible.

Snack Right. You can get a good boost of hydration by snacking on foods that have a high water content, like watermelon, cucumber, and celery. (or our Watermelon Cooler and Smoothies with Coconut Water)

Keep a Schedule. Make sure to drink water every hour, even if it’s only a few sips. If it helps, you can try recording your water intake in a planner or journal, or you can download a water tracker app on your phone (there are tons of apps that reward you for drinking water!) Some people even put tick marks on their water bottle with a time next to them, showing the water levels they want to be at throughout the days.

Get moving. Exercise increases the circulation in your body, which in turn increases the amount of minerals and nutrients that get absorbed into your cells. Try to exercise every day,  even if it’s just going for a walk around the neighborhood.

Give it Some Flavor! If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding chunks of fresh or frozen fruit, herbs, or a splash of lemon juice. Or try drinking iced tea or carbonated water – it’s better than no water at all!

What are your favorite tips to staying hydrated during summer?

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