Hydration Hacks for the Summer
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We hear it from all the fitness experts how important it is to hydrate. But what if we just don’t think of drinking water or it’s so boring it’s the last thing we reach for ’cause our tongues crave some flavour? Keep reading for tips in how to keep hydrated AND pizzazup the taste of your water without adding calories!
In July’s newsletter, “Water Your World (and Reap the Benefits)” we explained why water is so important. To briefly sum it up, it is imperative for mental and physical functions. Water is the only nutrient on Earth we absolutely need to function or we die within days.
We also discussed in our last newsletter about how much water we need. This is a debatable subject and health experts have their own opinion. Some say to let your own thirst mechanism and urine colour guide you. Others have a specific calculation to follow, like the old 8 8-oz glasses of water a day.
Hydration Hacks for the Summer
Here are a few ways we’ve heard in how one can stay hydrated, especially in the dog days of summer:
- Drink at least eight ounces each hour you’re awake. When working out, aim for 4-to-8 times that amount.
- Always have water with you to drink, whether you’re on the road, at home, work or the gym.
- Drink one 8-oz glass of water upon waking and if you’re active, two glasses.
- Buy a stainless steel container for when you’re on the move. Get into the habit of cleaning and filling it regularly to always have on you.
- Drink extra water after caffeinated beverages as they are diuretics which will cause your body to lose more water.
- Eat more of your water! Yes, you can get hydrated by eating more fruits and veggies. Did you know that watermelon is 92% water per volume? Read this article for more ideas in what to reach for when you want to eat your water.
- Drink more water if you are on certain medications that require extra water to metabolize the products or if they are diuretics.
- Drink cold water in hot weather. Some may disagree (they say it is a shock to the system) but in our research we found that cold water is absorbed into the system faster and may actually aid in burning calories.
- Drink warm water in colder temperatures as it requires the body to work less in warming it up for the numerous tasks it requires of this essential liquid.
- Replace water with other beverages. This very act will not only lower your caloric intake for the day (accumulated over the week and month to create major change) but will also ensure your hydration.
- Drink coconut water! Yes, flavourful AND hydrating, coconut water has been said to be more hydrating than even water. It is the fluid extracted from a young coconut before it’s had time to form coconut milk. This liquid has been dubbed, “the fluid of life.” For more interesting coconut water facts, read “Nuts about Coconut Water.“
How to Pizzazup Your Water
I personally love the taste of water BUT, yes, it can be tiresome after awhile – especially when you’re active and you’re drinking 3 gallons of it a day!
So why not make it a little more flavourful? And we’re not talking about those commercial flavoured waters or the sugar-laden drops you can add to your glass of pure water…
- Add a little lemon and sea salt to your water after a workout instead of drinking sports drinks full of refined sugar.
- Try concocting different mixtures of steeped water. Use lemon, orange, lime, cucumber slices or any fruit or veggie you like, with herbs such as mint, holy basil or sage. Add them to a pitcher of water and keep in the fridge over night. The result is delicious and healthy.
- Here are some more tasty blends: 5 Refreshing & Healthy Summer Drinks.
- Steep tea in the energizing sun. Use a glass jar, place tea bags and other fruit and herb blends into the container and set out into the sunlight. The natural heat will release the flavours without destroying any nutrients contained in the water (use mineral or well water for the healthiest version) or the other ingredients.
This is our list of hydrating hacks for the summer and hints in how to make water more palatable. Do you have any ideas to add to this list?