How to Stay Hydrated

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Hydration is important for the proper body to function whether you are expelling fluids through exercise or remaining stationary throughout the day. Every piece of the body from cells to the brain requires water to survive and function at full capacity. This is why staying hydrated as best as possible throughout the day is so important.

Drinking copious amounts of water during the day is the number one way to hydrate your body. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember or stop long enough to drink depending on your daily routine. One option is to drink on a schedule like drinking at meal times in large amounts or small amounts at the top of each hour. Try to make it a habit to keep a bottle of water with you at all times to keep it top of mind.

If water is too bland, and you struggle to drink it in the proper amounts, try adding natural fruit and herbs to your water for flavoring. Some bottles come with an infuser in the middle section that allows you to add fruit to your water easily. Try lemons and strawberries for a fun summer flavor or mint leaves for an after-lunch drink to freshen your breath as you hydrate.

Aside from the obvious choice to drink water during the day, there are other methods at maintaining hydration for your body. Certain foods supply more water to the body than many people realize. Meats, for instance, can contain as much as 60% water and consuming hamburger and chicken breasts are great ways to consume water without having to drink it. Fruits like grapefruit, watermelon, and grapes also contain large amounts of water and are good additions to snack time when needing a little hydration.

One of the best ways to judge your level of hydration and determine whether or not you should be consuming more water during the day is to examine your urine after using the restroom. It sounds silly, but the coloring of urine is a good indicator of hydration. If a dark color, you are not getting enough water. If a light lemonade color, then your water intake is good, and you are hydrated. Other tell-tale signs are sleepiness and fatigue, headache, and dizziness or lightheadedness.

By making drinking water a higher priority, our bodies benefit both inwardly and outwardly. Our brain, heart, and overall internal function are greater, and our skin, when hydrated, is plump and glowing in health and vitality. Staying hydrated can be felt and seen by those around us and really makes a greater difference than is realized.