By: Karina Taylee, karinataylee.com
Now that we’re entering August, we’re smack in the middle of summer adventures, beach days, and parties with friends. While this is the time to have fun, if you’re not careful, the summer heat can also mean a season full of dehydration. Dehydration is not only physically dangerous but it messes with your mindset. With symptoms like headaches, overheating, moodiness, and drowsiness, dehydration can put a stop to any fun day.
Water keeps your body running smoothly. It does this by detoxifying your body, keeping your joints lubricated, your mind sharp, and your temperature safe. In other words, hydration is what helps you stay healthy, feel good, and keep up with the fun. If you find yourself getting irritable and uncomfortable in the heat, you may want to keep an eye on your hydration. Luckily, there are lots of ways to stay hydrated, including enjoying refreshing fruits and vegetables. Hydration may be easy to overlook, but some small changes can lead to big impacts!
So, how much water do you actually need?
You’ve probably heard that you need 8 glasses of water a day, but actually, there are no CDC recommendations for your daily water intake. This is because everybody’s needs are unique and depend on factors like your diet, the weather, and your activity level. A good guideline is to drink water frequently, 1-2 glasses of water, and add more if you’re:
Refresh Your Routine
Not everyone gets enough water, and some of the most common reasons are because people think water is boring and aren’t in the habit of drinking water. There are tons of ways to stay hydrated, the trick is to finding the methods that make it enjoyable and convenient. If you struggle to get enough water, consider:
3. Flavor your water
There are so many herbs and fruits that you can add to your water to make it more exciting! Pick your favorites and let it sit in your water to infuse for at least an hour. You can get creative and come up with your own combinations or try:
Adding some leafy greens to your sandwich or some fruit to your oatmeal is a great way to add a little hydration. Just adding little bits of produce wherever you can adds up to a lot more hydration than you’d expect. If fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come by, don’t underestimate frozen or canned varieties. They’re nutritionally identical and are often more accessible.
Being hydrated may be the last thing on your mind when you’re making memories with friends, but drinking more water is a simple habit that bring big rewards! So keep your water handy, and remember how perfectly a refreshing drink of water pairs with the Miami summer!