6 Tips for Staying Hydrated to Improve Your Health

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6 Tips for Staying Hydrated to Improve Your Health

The New Year is just around the corner and most people will resolve to get healthy and lose weight in 2017. One simple yet effective way to increase your odds of achieving this goal is by increasing your water intake.

Every bodily function depends on water. While humans can survive without food for more than three weeks, the longest any person has lasted without a drop of water is somewhere around one week.[1] So when you skip the water, you aren’t doing yourself any favors, and because it’s so essential, it’s the perfect place to start to get your health on track this coming year.

Here are a few great ways to boost your water intake:

Know your goal: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, you need to know how much water (minimally) you need to drink each day for optimal health. A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight, divide it in half, and convert that number into ounces to get your answer. For example, a 180lb person should drink at least 90 ounces of water every day.

Start early: Have you heard the old saying “as soon as you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated”? Well, that’s because your body is essentially working night and day to dehydrate you through its many functions that require water. The best thing you can do for yourself is to get plenty of water first thing in the morning. Before breakfast or coffee, start your day with a big glass of cold water. You might even be surprised by how invigorating it is and how much it wakes you up.

Keep it handy: Everywhere you go, your water should go. Keep a water bottle filled next to you at all times. At your desk; in your car; and tucked in your purse. If you always have it with you, you’ll never find yourself in a pinch. Start each day by measuring out the minimal amount you should drink and keep it handy in bottles or a jug nearby to track your intake as the day progresses.

Make it less boring: Sometimes you just want something that tastes like… something. And let’s face it, water is boring. But it doesn’t have to be! You can liven things up with just a few additional ingredients. This full list of infused waters will give you ideas for adding things like fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs in unique combinations to make exciting flavors you’ll want to sip all day long.

Think outside the bottle: Did you know certain foods are packed with water, so much so that you can actually hydrate yourself by eating them? For example, watermelon (hence the name) is 92% water while cucumbers and lettuce are 96![2] While food should never replace water, you can change things up a bit and ensure your water intake is optimal by selecting foods that are especially hydrating.

Pay attention to your cues: Your body will tell you when it needs water. Oftentimes dehydration presents itself as dry skin, headaches, or muscle soreness. When you’re experiencing these symptoms, you know to up your water intake. Next time you feel out of sorts, reach for a bottle of water before an Aspirin.

You can’t live without water and if you want to experience the best health possible, you’ll make H2O a cornerstone of your everyday. These handy tips for keeping water handy will help you stay hydrated all day long.

 

[1] Spector, D. (2014). Here’s how many days a person can survive without water. Accessed December 6, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/how-many-days-can-you-survive-without-water-2014-5.

[2] Faherty, E. (2015). 10 ways to stay hydrated (that aren’t water). Accessed December 6, 2016. Retrieved from http://dailyburn.com/life/health/healthy-foods-stay-hydrated-without-water/.

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