With all the awesome things to do during the summer, hydration is not at the top of our list. Until it ruins our plans for the day, that is. Dehydration is a serious issue during the warmer months and can turn into a life-threatening situation pretty quickly. It’s a major bummer to be down for the count instead of spending time with your family and friends.
Regardless of its significance, keeping hydrated is relatively easy. We’ve put together five simple tips to keep in mind all Summer ’18.
Good Ol’ High Quality H2O
You can’t open a Twitter feed without someone telling you to drink water. Despite not instantly clearing up your face after one cup, water keeps your body running smoothly and is essential to being healthy. Even if you’re not sweating through your deodorant, the heat and sun of Summer are still dehydrating you. If you’re already feeling thirsty, you’re most likely already in the Dehydration Danger Zone. This goes double for kids and pets! So, keep that water handy!
No Soda, Thanks
Soda and fizzy drinks may taste great and be easy to grab, but they don’t do your body any good. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add in a flavor packet or sip on some coconut water instead.
BYOB – Bring Your Own Bottle
If you’re running around all summer keeping yourself and your kids entertained, buy everyone a dedicated reusable water bottle and keep them close. It’s tough in some places to find water quickly and sometimes it costs more than soda! Plus, there’s the added bonus of having a super cool bottle instead of a boring one and keeping one-time-use bottles out of our environment.
Plastic pollution is a major problem and plastic bottles are one of the biggest offenders. They tend to end up in our oceans instead of their proper place. If you forget your reusable bottle, be sure to recycle your used plastic one!
Eat It Up
Believe it or not, what you eat contributes to keeping you hydrated. Foods like watermelon, oranges, and strawberries can account for a good chunk of your body’s daily hydration needs. That means shoving cucumbers and blackberries into a water bottle is actually helpful and not just a way to look like a health nut in front of your coworkers.
This is also a sneaky way to keep your kids hydrated. Instead of bringing along packs of snack cakes on your trip to the zoo, pack some fruit!
Listen to Your Body
It’s easy to get distracted while running around on the beach all day but be sure to pay attention to your body. If you’re feeling nauseous, dizzy, or weak, your body is running on empty. These signs may as well be a big flashing sign that reads DEHYDRATED. It’s best to get out of the sun and be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible if you’re experiencing these symptoms. Dehydration doesn’t play around. .
Changing our routine is rarely easy, but it only takes 21 days to make a habit. These 5 adjustments are small in the grand scheme of things but can make a huge impact on your overall health. Keep the fun going and the water flowing this Summer!