How To Stay Hydrated
Keep a bottle of water with you during the day:
While it might seem obvious, always carrying a water bottle with you will encourage you to keep sipping on water throughout the day. Keep a bottle on your desk at work, in your car or in your gym bag and you’ll have one with you wherever you go.
Invest in a water bottle:
In addition to our first tip, throw away any plastic bottles you might have and buy a water bottle that you like, you’ll be less likely to leave it behind and lose it.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try infusing your water with fresh fruit. Limes, lemons, oranges, berries, or cucumbers are all good options to add some extra flavor and can make for a tasty beverage without any added artificial sweeteners or preservatives.
When you’re feeling hungry, drink water:
Just about everyone knows that late afternoon ‘I need a snack’ hunger feeling. Sometimes our brains confuse thirst with hunger, so next time the feeling strikes, hydrate before eating and your hunger pains just might disappear.
Eat your water:
20-30% of our daily water intake should actually come from food. All fruits and vegetables contain some amounts of water, with cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, watermelon and strawberries all being made up of more than 90% water. Just another reason to eat your fruit and veggies!
Set yourself a schedule:
If you’re someone that struggles to remember to drink water, drink on a schedule. Have a glass of water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed. You can even set alarms on your phone throughout the day for a friendly reminder.
Give coconut water a go:
Coconut water is packed with potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. It can replenish lost fluids and electrolytes from exercise and hot summer temperatures, and is a good alternative to sugary sports drinks.
Drink water before, during and after a workout:
During exercise, the main way the body maintains optimal body temperature is by sweating. Sweat production results in body fluid loss, making fluid intake extra important before, during and after a workout to replace what has been lost.