5 Hydration Hacks (Because Summer Is Coming)
We all know that it’s important to stay hydrated. But actually doing so is a bit more complicated than just drinking as much water as possible (out of your reusable water bottle.) Here are five hacks to help you hydrate smarter and more effectively this summer.
1. Sip, don’t guzzle.
Rather than waiting until you feel thirsty and then downing a big glass of water, sip throughout the day. Since thirst can be an indicator that you’re already dehydrated, you can avoid the headaches, fatigue, moodiness and other symptoms of dehydration simply by drinking water regularly throughout the day.
2. Keep it cool.
In terms of maximizing hydration, especially after a workout, cool room temperature water may be the most optimal, according to a small study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
3. Eat more fruits and veggies.
As important as it is to drink water, eating hydrating foods is also key to getting what you need. So, what should you eat? Fruits such as watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, citrus, and cantaloupe and veggies, including cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, cauliflower, zucchini, and mushrooms, all have high water content.
4. Keep your bedroom chilly.
You lose fluids as you sleep, and an overly warm room can cause you to lose more. Make sure your bedroom is cool when you sleep, ideally between 60 and 67ºF, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
5. Get some exercise.
Yes, working out can cause dehydration if you don’t drink enough water. But exercise also boosts circulation, which helps balance electrolyte levels in your body and distribute nutrients to your cells.
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