Summer is almost here bringing heat and humidity all around, thus reminding everyone to constantly lift thy glasses to keep those bodies very well hydrated. The human body requires constant hydration, no matter the weather, no matter the season. Water is the biggest component of the body, making up 60% of a person’s weight. And it’s not only through urination that you lose water from your body, you also do this when you sweat, when you breathe and when you pass on stools. Drinking water can be very good, without any added guilt. It does not contain any calories, no sugar or any artificial sweeteners and no sodium—frankly; there isn’t anything in it that should prevent you from frequently taking a sip.
While the potability of your tap water highly depends on the location you’re at, bottled water can be the perfect alternative, especially for those people on the go. Proper hydration is essential for your over-all well-being. Your kids, even when at school should stay hydrated, especially when doing after school activities and/or sports. Making sure that you have a stock of bottled water handy can make it easier for you to ensure that you and your kids have something to use when thirst hits. Water is refreshing and costs way less than most beverages that are usually sugar-laden. Plus, water is great in quenching your thirst and comes with a slew of health benefits.
Despite knowing the fact that downing ample amounts of liquids throughout the day is needed to stay hydrated and alert, sill most Americans end up not fully hydrated. So to help combat this, below is a list of tips that can help you stay hydrated the entire day.
♦ Start the day with a glass of water. Whether you have a round of medications to take, or you’re on your way to your office or to the gym, downing a glass of water after you wake up is a fantastic way to welcome a new day.
♦ Make it a habit to count your glasses (or bottles). Try keeping a record of how many glasses of water you consume in a day. Most people know how to keep records of what they ate, or how many calories they have consumed, but not the amount of beverages they drank in a day.
♦ Check if you’re thirsty. You must realize that thirst often gets disguised as hunger pangs. If you feel hungry and you just ate something within the past two hours, then it could be your body signalling you that it’s “thirsty” and you’re misinterpreting the sign as “hungry”.
♦ Be more wary of how much water you consume as you age. Your need for water increases as you age because of the body’s decreasing ability to recognize thirst.
♦ Be careful of beverages that do not stay true to its promises. There are cases where bottled water will be flavoured artificially. And though these remain clear-colored, it will be laden with artificial sweeteners and flavours that contain added sugars, vitamins, calories and caffeine. To create your own flavoured water, you can add a freshly sliced fruit to your glass to spice it up. You may also do the same to a cup of herbal tea.
♦ Snack on hydrating and/or water-filled fruits and veggies. Cucumbers, celery, bell peppers are classic examples of foods that are high in water content. Snacking on them when you feel hungry can help in keeping yourself hydrated.
♦ Iced tea, sodas, coffee and the other drinks that contain caffeine can also be used in your quest to stay hydrated. However, you should keep in mind that these products should never be used as a permanent replacement for good old water. These items act as diuretics too, meaning, even if you get water from them, you’ll also gonna pull small amounts of fluids from your system because of the caffeine.
♦ Meats amazingly have about 60% water content. Some good alternative sources of water may include chicken breast, hamburger, jell-o, grapefruit, soup or broth, grapes, fruit smoothies and a lot more.