Staying hydrated is one of the pillars essential for maintaining good health. Not only does proper hydration help regulate body temperature, but it also aids digestion, helps flush out toxins from the body, and increases overall energy levels. I mean sure, coffee is technically made with water, but it sure can cause a lot of crashing throughout the day, which is the opposite of energy preservation.
The Benefits of Staying Hydrated:
Water makes up 70% of an adult’s body weight and is crucial in regulating body temperature and keeping organs functioning properly. Yes, your organs are filled with gratitude, thanking you with every sip! On a vanity note, people spend thousands of dollars a year on expensive skin creams when their complexion could benefit just by drinking some low-cost H2O.
Science shows when you don’t get enough water, your cells can’t work correctly, and your body becomes dehydrated. This can lead to fatigue, nausea, headaches, constipation, and kidney stones. None of those things sounds very appealing am I right? In fact, doctors argue it’s crucial to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day—especially if you live in a hot or dry climate or are physically active, and yes, let’s just say raising the remote to channel surf counts as being “physically active” if that gets you to crack open that bottle of Evian.
Tips for Staying Hydrated:
- Try drinking at least 2 liters (8 glasses) of water daily. This may seem like a lot at first, but you’ll soon find it easy to reach this amount when you start making it part of your daily routine. You can also keep track using a simple app or carrying around a reusable water bottle with markings showing how much fluid you should have drunk by specific points during the day.
- Consider eating foods high in water content. Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, oranges, apples, melons, celery stalks, etc., can keep you feeling full and help hydrate your system naturally. Tragically, a cheeseburger and fries are high in the “yum” factor, but not in H20.
- Maybe try looking at your caffeine consumption. While we all look forward to that morning cup of comfort and energy, caffeine is a diuretic that causes dehydration, so take that into consideration if you’re looking to up your water game. And in this product rich world, there are some really tasty morning substitutes out there that give you that sense of ritual without the downsides of caffeine. So don’t fret, you can still sigh contentedly while looking out the window dreamily over a steaming cup:)
- Flavored waters can be a great alternative! If plain old H2O isn’t cutting it, try adding natural flavors such as lemon, lime slices, or fresh mint leaves into your drink for added flavor without added calories! Additionally, many flavored waters on the market contain electrolytes to help replenish lost minerals from sweating during exercise! A lot of those bottles look cool too. Keep one and stick a flower in it! Just a thought.
- It’s a good idea to rehydrate after exercise. It is an essential part of many people’s routine to monitor how much fluid is being lost through sweat during physical activity and ensure that these losses are replaced so that dehydration does not occur! This could be done through sports drinks or simply increasing your intake of plain old H2O.
- Another great idea is to drink before feeling thirsty. Thirst is not always an indicator of dehydration; sometimes, our bodies can become dehydrated before we even feel thirsty due to factors such as spending time in air-conditioned environments or downing those lychee martinis or coronas with lime, as these are known to cause dehydration faster than other activities!
Proper hydration is essential for good health—both physically and mentally. By considering these simple tips and slowly folding them into your everyday life, you can be well on your way toward optimum hydration and better overall well-being. And believe it or not, water can actually become more crave-able and start to taste even better the more you drink it.
Remember: It’s okay to start small—even adding half a liter extra per day can make a massive difference over time—Taking care of yourself with proper hydration habits today will ensure healthier days ahead tomorrow!
Certified Health & Wellness Coach
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This post was written by Tina Mueller