If you are not drinking enough water throughout the day, you will not be providing your body with what it needs to function optimally. Our bodies consist of more than half water and water is used for just about every bodily function, including regulating temperature and carrying oxygen to cells. In other words, water is the most essential nutrient our system needs.
If you are not getting enough hydration via water alone, keep in mind that there are many other ways to keep your water levels high enough. This is obviously essential during the warmer Summer months, or anytime you are exercising, since we lose so much water during these times to perspiration. Here are some tips to make sure you stay hydrated all day long:
How to Stay Hydrated: 10 Useful Tips
1. Buy an attractive water bottle and carry it with you throughout the day. You will be more likely to drink water when it is filled in a good-looking bottle and within reach at all times.
2. Infuse water with some fruits (fresh or frozen). Raspberries, lemons, limes and strawberries all work well for this purpose.
3. Enjoy soup, yogurt and oatmeal every day. These foods are naturally high in water and will provide much-needed hydration.
4. Watermelon is made up of 92% water, so make sure you enjoy this Summer fruit regularly when the mercury rises!
5. Celery is a veggie that consists of 95% water, so make sure to add it to salads, casseroles and soups. Celery stalks also taste great simply dipped in ranch dressing.
6. Strawberries contain not only a tremendous amount of water but also some other healthful vitamins and minerals. Eat them up!
7. Skim milk is obviously fat-free and the calcium benefits from drinking a glass or two of this healthful beverage are well-accepted.
8. Sports drinks can be an acceptable alternative drink to water, when you are exercising hard. The extra electrolytes help to replenish your system back to peak condition.
9. Coconut water is a fabulous hydrating beverage. Rich in potassium, coconut water, especially the unsweetened variety, is an ideal way to restore hydration.
10. Coffee is a diuretic, but a recent study shows that it does not dehydrate. Stick to decaf, and the water content will boost your water levels!
I hope these tips help you stay hydrated this Summer! Remember, your urine must be a pale yellow color; if it is any darker than that, you are not getting enough water!