Tips for Staying Hydrated
As the end of summer starts to loom on the horizon there's an almost frantic rush to get outside and DO things while we still can! And in the cicada-buzzing sometimes oppressive heat of August, it's easy to lose track of just how much water you're losing through sweat.
The average human being needs to take in between 90-120 fluid ounces per day, and more if you're exercising strenuously or experiencing water loss through environmental factors like heat or high levels of stress. About 80% of this should be consumed in liquid form but you'll get the other 20% from the foods you eat.
Here are some of our favorite tips for staying hydrated as we enjoy the last weeks of summer.
1 - add more hydrating foods to your diet
- A morning bowl of oatmeal, whether cooked or overnight, is a great way to add extra fluid intake. For an extra boost add some chia seeds - they absorb 10 times their weight in liquid!
- Try zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of pasta, those zoodles are almost 95% water!
- Smoothies are a great way to hydrate and cool down. Freeze your fruits and you won't need to use any ice! Our fav recipe is here!
2 - make a commitment to water - always have your water bottle handy!
- Your water doesn't have to be boring - add flavor with fresh summer fruits and herbs
- Give your water an extra boost with some Fire Cider, fresh ginger juice and a dollop of honey (or maple syrup)
- Mix it up and make coconut water, seltzer or aloe water part of the rotation
3 - Avoid what drains you
- Coffee and black teas are caffeinated which is a diuretic and will flush water from your system. If you need that a.m. boost, avoid the Grande latte and stick with a simple cup of joe.
- Alcohol is a no-no for the same reason. If you've had a long, hot, or stressful day the first thing you grab at home or that party you've been waiting for probably shouldn't be a glass of sangria. Make sure you're pre-loaded with a glass of water before your next beverage.
Making sure you're getting all your fluids is a lot easier than it seems! What are some of your favorite ways to stay hydrated?