This, 7 Hydration Tips for This Summer

Did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Dehydration can happen to anyone, but we must pay special attention to hydration during the high temperatures of summer. While dehydration is often the cause of hospitalization and complicates many other conditions, it is easy to treat and prevent. Below are some simple hydration tips to keep you energized and healthy throughout the summer!

Why do so many people get dehydrated?

We always hear how important it is to drink water and stay hydrated, especially during the summer, but we often forget how sensitive our body is to need a constant supply of water and electrolytes. About 55 to 65% of the human body is water, and every function in our body needs it! From transferring nutrients into cells, providing us with energy, to digesting our food, hydration levels are essential for our overall well-being and how we feel.

We lose water from our bodies through our skin, lungs, kidneys, and digestive system. When we sweat, breathe and move, we lose water from our bodies. This dehydration can lead to a variety of other problems, such as fainting, dizziness, confusion, decreased mobility, and other more serious conditions.

How can I hydrate?

Often, we think that hydrating properly is very difficult, but it can be easier than you think! Instead of carrying a gallon of water with you throughout the day, consider these hydration tips to help you function and feel your best.

  1. Make a glass of water to drink first in the morning

When you wake up, your body has been away for hours without the liquid being refilled. Starting your day with a glass of water will support your body’s functions throughout the day and help you get on the right track to keep your water level balanced.

  1. Set goals

If you’re someone who is goal-driven or checklisted, add clean water to your list! This will help you stay motivated throughout the day and give you a goal on how much you should drink. If you don’t know how many ounces are in your cup, set a goal for a number of cups throughout the day.

  1. Eat fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables have a high moisture content. During the summer, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, be sure to pack a snack full of fruits and vegetables to help you achieve your water consumption goals. Some great ideas are cucumbers, grapes, watermelons, and strawberries!

  1. Discover sugar-free flavors

There are so many options for flavored water or naturally enhanced flavor additives. Having a taste in your water can make it more appealing if you seem bored all day drinking the same thing.

  1. Add fruits and vegetables to your water

If you don’t like artificial flavors or want something lighter, add real fruits and vegetables to your water! We recommend combinations such as cucumber and mint, lemon and lime, strawberries and oranges, strawberries and basil, and more!

  1. Use electrolyte

To help better support your body, be sure to add electrolytes to some of your water throughout the day. If you drink too much water, you will lose too much sodium with it, and it is also harmful to your body. There are plenty of electrolyte options out there, but make sure they’re low in sugar. Options like Gatorade may have too much sugar or food coloring to make it the best option for you. We recommend talking to a healthcare provider to discuss your activity and dietary level to determine what might be the best electrolyte solution for you!

  1. Get a stylish water bottle

While it may seem silly, sometimes having a water bottle or flask that you like and carry around can go a long way in motivating you to achieve your water goals. A bottle that requires you to have a lid on may mean you don’t drink that much without really thinking about it. Find out what kind of cup suits you best and take it with you everywhere!