Let’s get going. We completely understand that life gets busy, drinking enough water can easily slip your mind. Besides the obvious feeling of being thirsty (which means it is already too late), other indications of dehydration include dry mouth, tiredness, urine is more yellowish than normal, headache, dry skin and dizziness. More severe symptoms of dehydration include rapid heart rate, fever, lethargy, confusion and a drop in blood pressure. In order to help you avoid the negative effects of dehydration, we put together a few simple tips to help you stay hydrated.
- Drinking sports drinks will not keep you hydrated. Replace as many of the other liquids you consume throughout the day with water. Beverage companies advertise that sports drink will help replenish the electrolytes in your body during exercise or outdoor activities, but the truth is the ingredients of your favorite sports drinks will not hydrate and benefit you
- Grab a raw, organic green juice if you want to drink something more flavorful than water. But, be careful not to choose a green juice with too much fruit as they contain high amounts of sugar.
- Coconut water is another great option if you want something more flavorful. Not to mention it is packed with health benefits, it is anti-inflammatory with amino acids and antioxidants. Warning: coconut water also contains sugar, so drink it in moderation.
- Listen to your body. If you are experiencing the feeling of being thirsty you are already dehydrated!
- Find a reusable water bottle that you love, there are plenty of stylish and functional water bottles out there, and carry it with you everywhere you go. If you have a water bottle on hand and get in the habit of refilling it throughout the day you will be amazed by how much more water you consume.
- Eat your water. It’s still important to drink plenty of water—especially in the summertime—but you can also quench your thirst with these hugely hydrating foods that are all at least 90% water by weight: cucumber, celery, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, radishes, green peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, baby carrots and cantaloupe
Although there are myths out there that say you should drink 8 glasses a day or half your body weight in ounces, those have nothing to do with YOU. The only way to truly know how well hydrated you are and exactly how much water your body requires is to perform the Hydration Assessment at CERULEAN. Knowing your numbers will help empower you to make data driven changes to your healthy lifestyle that are tailored to your unique body.