Already got a lot on your plate? How about adding a beverage to it.
The body is made up of 60% water, meaning it depends on water to survive. Lack of hydration can even cause your mental and physical performance to suffer. Once your body loses more fluid than you are taking in, you become dehydrated.
Having so many daily life responsibilities can be an easy way to neglect water-based fluids. This can lead to dehydration–which is a thing year round–not just in the summer.
In the colder months, it may rarely cross your mind to drink water because you don’t feel as thirsty in the low temperatures. Wearing layers and bundling up causes your body to conserve heat. So when you’re grabbing your boots and your down jacket to head out the door, don’t forget to grab your reusable water bottle, too.
Filling up your water bottle at home has become even easier now with the use of water filters. Be careful when drinking tap water, the essential minerals may be harder to trace to hydrate your body, so be sure to purify it first.
If you want to add some flavor to your water utilize healthy hydration recipes such as strawberry basil water and cucumber lemonade. In the colder months try a pear and ginger tea or soothing lemon water.
How to be Consistent With Your Hydration
- Don’t wait till you’re thirsty to drink.
The body is good at detecting when it’s low on water, and thirst is that initial sign of dehydration. Beat the dehydration by drinking before you get thirsty.
- Track your daily water intake
This will help you set a goal of how much water you are aiming to drink for the day. With just your daily responsibilities it may be difficult to remember how much water you’ve had during the day. Most of the time it’s only when you get thirsty.
- Drink the right amount of water for your body
Water intake can vary depending on age, sex, size, physical activity, location and health. Experts recommend 11 cups of fluid for adult women and 16 cups of fluid for adult men.
- Reusable bottle
People who carry a reusable water bottle are more likely to stay hydrated. Having this makes water intake convenient, rather than feeling like a chore. Once the water is low or gone, you can fill it up at any time and it’s better for the planet.
- Eat Water-Rich Foods
Foods such as celery, watermelon, and tomatoes have a high water content and can be a great supplement for your water intake.
- Know the signs of dehydration
If you’re feeling exhausted and fatigued, dehydration may be the reason. Headaches, muscle cramps, dark colored urine and dry skin all play a role in possible dehydration.
For more of the top hydration hacks to help keep you fueled, reference the infographic below. Stay hydrated! Don’t let those busy days bring your water levels down.