Dudes, it’s hot!
In the summer, hydration is especially important. Here’s some easy ways to be certain that you and you loved ones will stay properly hydrated!
- Plan ahead and pack:
The best way to make sure you’ll have enough water? Bring it with you. A few containers of drinking water should be a part of any trip. Getting enough water is a hugely important part of living at your best – and feeling up to enjoying yourself.
- Mix it up:
Sure, water’s the most hydrating beverage there is. But it can get boring. The good news is, smoothies are hydrating too. And so are many fruit juices (dilute them a bit to make them extra hydrating!). If you’re finding it difficult to get all your necessary water intake from water alone, then feel free to mix it up – and mix things with your water. Just make sure you try to avoid natural diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol, or sugar.
- Don’t just drink your water- eat it too:
Water’s not only available to us through in the liquids we drink, but also within the food we eat as well. One obvious summer example, of course, is the aptly-named watermelon. While watermelon is renowned for its high water content (and it’s delicious flavour!), it also essential electrolytes that the body needs for nerve and brain function. Beyond watermelon lie a large variety of foods that contain lots of water and other things that your body needs in the summer especially. So if drinking lots of liquid isn’t your thing, try to choose foods that hydrate.
- Remember the electrolytes:
Gatorade and sports drinks offer a very simple solution to a problem that often accompanies dehydration. When the body sweats, as it often does sultry summer heat, it doesn’t just lose water, it loses important electrolytes as well. Sports drinks offer a quick electrolyte fix (though some may have high sugar content). And if you’re feeling motivated, you can always make your own!
- Who doesn’t love popsicles:
People love summer popsicles for good reason. They’re cool, they’re sweet, and they quench thirst. This means they’re an awesome way to ensure hydration. Not everyone wants to have to drink enough water to stay hydrated. Children especially can benefit from having popsicles readily available. And more often than not, they contain the same electrolytes found in sports drinks.
- Remind yourself to drink up:
Now, more than ever, we live in a world where staying on top of things is attainable for anyone. So why not program recurring reminders into your calendar, your to-do list, via scheduled emails or texts, or set alarms? If it’s hard to remember to stay hydrated, let technology take care of it! In other words, there’s an app for that!
- Jug it:
If all else fails, get a nice big jug of water and take it with you wherever you go (within reason, of course). It’s not the most convenient method, and the water might get warm, but it’s hard to forget to drink water when there’s a large container of it right there with you. So make it really hard to miss – and make sure you’ll be hydrated. Now y’all know why I am ALWAYS carrying a water bottle everywhere I go.
With these easy measures, virtually anyone can be ensured to get enough water, and stay clear of the (literal) headaches associated with dehydration.
In other words, drink up!
And in other news, who told this baby girl that she could grow up into a small child AND steal her Mima’s water bottle?! Oh well. At least she is staying hydrated.