Staying Hydrated: Summer Survival
By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Nickie Munroe
Drinking the daily-suggested amount of water to stay hydrated can be a difficult task. Water intake is impacted by your circumstances. We all tend to make some of the same mistakes when it comes to drinking water throughout the day. Sometimes we try to “catch up” at the end of the day by chugging a few glasses before bed or with dinner. Sometimes we just ignore our body and promise it that we will “do better tomorrow”. Late is better than never, but it is not ideal as most of the water will go to waste (literally) as our metabolism starts to shut down near the end of the day. It is important that we try to have more days when we drink our daily requirement throughout the day, than deferring it for a guzzle fest at night or into the next day.
Here are five simple tips to stay hydrated and get back on track:
- Keep a large container of water near you throughout the day. You can accurately gauge how much water you have had as the day goes by.
- Weave water-drinking habits into your everyday routines. After using the bathroom, brushing your teeth, or washing the dishes.
- Dress up plain water by cold brewing tea or flavoring with packets or fruit juice. Not liking water is no reason not to have enough.
- Incorporate more water rich foods into your diet. Lots of fruits and veggies are packed with water and can be a great resource if you are not in the mood for another glass of good old H2O.
- Visual feedback, change your desktop or phone wallpaper to something aqueous. Let the power of visual suggestion encourage you to drink more water.
Using just one of these tips can help you become more aqua aware which means a safer and healthier lifestyle for yourself, especially during these summer months.