Health and Wellness
June 2017

4 Easy Tips for Staying Hydrated All Summer

Beat the heat by getting creative with your hydration habits.

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Now that the summer heat is upon us, it can be tough to keep enough water moving through your system. Our brains and hearts are three-fourths water, while skin is nearly 64 percent water and muscles are nearly 80 percent water. It should be no surprise, then, that your body needs a lot of water to function at peak levels. Here are a few other reasons why water is essential to your health:

  • Delivers much-needed oxygen throughout the body
  • Flushes out waste (primarily through urination)
  • Helps metabolism by carrying nutrients throughout the body
  • Assists with basic cellular functioning and helps maintain muscle development
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Acts as a kind of shock absorber for your nervous system and helps lubricate joints

 

Here are a few tips to sneak more water into your day.

Dress it up!

If you find water tastes boring, add some lemon wedges or other chopped fruit for some extra flavor. Some folks will even add herbs and flowers to enhance the taste. In addition to warm weather and humidity, exercise, caffeine, and alcohol can also cause you to dehydrate. If a few lemons will get you to intake more water, slice away!

Make it part of your daily routine.

Instead of a diet soft drink with your lunch, have a glass of water instead. The human body can process an estimated 15 liters of water every day, but you don’t want to overdo it. Too much can cause a decrease in sodium and potassium in the body, a condition called hyponatremia.

Keep a water bottle at your desk, and take sips throughout the day.

A water bottle can be a great way to keep track of how much you are drinking since water bottles’ volumes are often indicated on the label (by the ounce or liter), and come in a variety of sizes and styles.

Want to keep it cheap?

When out at a restaurant, just drink water. Sure, it may not sound as exciting as a piña colada or mojito, but you’ll stay hydrated and will be in a better mood when the check comes.

Getting more water doesn’t always have to involve a bottle!

Hydrate while getting your nutrients and antioxidants by slicing up some watermelon or munching on some celery for a snack. Watermelon is 92 percent water by weight, and celery has even more—95 percent! Dice up a zucchini; it’s 97 percent water, or peel an orange, which is 87 percent water.