Summers are hot and yet still beautiful. Summertime is the season when we have to take necessary measures to protect ourselves. Of course, this is no new revelation. It’s been like that for years. In order to have a great summer full of nice picnics, hikes, pool days and other outdoor activities, you need to pay attention to one significant aspect of your health – the hydration! Our bodies are 60% water by weight, so proper hydration is an absolute must – especially under the hot summer sun. So let’s take a look at five tips for staying hydrated during those scorching hot days.
It may sound obvious but you need to know that drinking more water is the most important tip. And even though it’s so obvious that water is the most important nutrient for us, we still tend to forget that fact. Therefore, make sure to increase your daily intake of water. You can do that by making it a habit to routinely drink water as soon as you get up in the morning. This is especially good because when you hydrate yourself first thing in the morning, it has the most effective result. Drink 1 liter of water in the morning and you’ll have no trouble staying hydrated during the day.
Look for reusable water bottles
Staying hydrated should be your mission, but preserving the environment should go without saying. Therefore, avoid throwaway plastic water bottles that actually hurt the environment and invest in a reusable water bottle. Fill it up and you’ll be good to go. To make things even easier, find a reusable 2 liter water bottle and track your hydration goals easily. This is a good idea for people who have jobs where they cannot just walk out of the office to buy some water. Fill it up in the morning, pack it in your bag and carry on. When you drink those first 2 liters, wait for a break and then fill it up again. Both your body and environment will thank you for this!
Stay hydrated – eliminate snack cravings
Is that feeling of the late afternoon hunger familiar to you? You know how it goes, you crave a snack or two like never before? Well, instead of visiting a store for some snacks, drink some water. It happens that our brain confuses thirst with hunger. Therefore, next time this feeling strikes, hydrate before eating and your hunger ‘cravings’ will most likely disappear. That bag of biscuits will show itself on your belly sooner rather than later. Think about it.
Many people don’t consume enough water because they find regular water boring. It’s as simple as that. If you happen to be one of those individuals, spice things up! For example, one of the simplest ways to make water ‘better’ is to add fresh lemon juice and unrefined sea salt to your water. This will mineralize the water and the lemon juice will make the water cells more bioavailable. Oh, and the taste is awesome too. Also, try herbal tea sweetened with stevia. Stevia is the good kind of sugar, so you won’t have to worry.
Use a timer
Yes, setting up a timer can be very helpful in this situation! If you feel like you have bad drinking habits, use a timer! You’ll reprogram your habits in no time. Simply set the timer on your smartphone for every hour. As soon as you hear it go off, drink an 8-ounce cup of water. Also, if you want to make it more fun, change things each time. For example, have herbal tea the first time it goes off, then have a glass of coconut kefir the next time. Use your creativity! However, it’s important that you don’t chug the glass. Finish your drink slowly. And last but not least, let this habit become a 10-minute break when you’ll just relax and reset and then go back to work feeling energized and refreshed.
Having a fun and exciting summer cannot happen without you taking care of your health. As beautiful as summer is, it can also be quite dangerous because of the high temperatures and heatwaves. However, hopefully, you now know how to protect yourself against dehydration.