Hydration is absolutely essential – your body needs a proper balance of fluids. When you exercise vigorously or have fun in the sun, but don’t drink enough, it can lead to dehydration. This can cause headaches, lower concentration and energy levels, and leave you in a rotten mood.¹ No thanks!
Stay on top of your game with these five hydration-boosting tips:
Load Up On L’eau
Buy a water bottle and take it with you wherever you go. We’re obsessed with the designs byS'well. We also love ‘em because of the eco-friendly factor of a reusable water bottle versus plastics bottles. Once you start carrying a water bottle, you’ll realize how easy it is to sip throughout the day
Not a fan of plain water? Say hello to infused water! Lemon, lime, strawberries, mint, or cucumber can all jazz up your H²O without added sugar or calories. Make a large pitcher to keep in your fridge, or buy a fruit infusing water bottle for on-the-go convenience.
You Are What You Eat
If drinking water is a challenge for you, then you’ll be happy to know that not all of your hydration has to come from drinking water. Apples, strawberries, watermelon, oranges, celery, and cucumbers have high water content that can contribute to your daily hydration.
Lay Off the Lattes
Sodas, coffees, and teas that contain caffeine act as diuretics which means they flush water out of your system. This can lead to dehydration so make sure to consume water to rehydrate, or ditch the caffeine altogether!
There’s an App For That
There are several apps that can help you keep track of how much water you drink and send you reminders to hydrate. Here are our top picks:
My Water BalanceFREE, with In-App Purchases ($4.99 full version, $29.99 1 year subscription)
WaterloggedFREE, with In-App Purchases ($3.99 lifetime subscription)
When life gets crazy (as it does), our self-care is usually the first to go. But hydration is so important to feel good and crush your daily goals! Do you struggle to stay hydrated? Let us know which tip you find most helpful in the comments below!
¹ B. Popkin, et al. (2011).Nutr. Rev. 68(8):439-458.