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My tips and tricks to stay hydrated

Now that we are in the height of summer and experiencing some serious heat waves, you may start to notice that you are dehydrating quite easily compared to other times of the year. Whether you’re spending the summer working on your internship in an air-conditioned office or a poolside lifeguard; Staying hydrated throughout the summer is key to good health and a stronger immune system.

The hydration state of the body is a bit complicated and is regulated in a tight system. In fact, it is really difficult to be perfectly hydrated. Your hydration status is influenced by many factors, including your weight, age, body composition, diet, activity level, and even medication use. Your hydration status is even influenced by things you can’t control, including the climate you live in. This means that you can easily slip into a state of dehydration, especially in the summer months. If you experience dehydration, you may have a headache or muscle cramps, and you may even start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, or confused.

Once you also fall into a state of dehydration, it can get worse and worse very quickly. But fear not, there are ways to avoid dehydration!

If you’re like me and get tired of running water sometimes, check out these my favorite tips and tricks below to stay hydrated in the summer heat:

  • Add flavor to the water! Whenever I get tired of plain water, I always do my best to add a little flavor to it. Sometimes I cut some fruit to throw in my water bottle. Other times I add a splash of fruit juice or sports drink. Whichever you prefer, this is a great way to keep drinking water without getting bored.

  • Eat fruits and vegetables! Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to stay hydrated on a hot day. Most fruits and vegetables are over 75% water, so these delicious snacks are a great way to get a little extra water. Try cucumbers, watermelon, honeydew melon, peaches, celery, and even tomatoes.

  • Avoid salty and fried foods! Foods high in sodium often dehydrate you without your knowing it; fried foods can also do the same. Now, I’m not saying that you should eliminate them completely from your diet. But before you reach for the bag of chips, you might try to reach for the fruit bowl.

  • Try some juice! If you are utterly disgusted by a glass of water, try a glass of 100% fruit juice. At the end of the day, a little liquid will be better than nothing.

Whether you like to stay hydrated with a little tap water or prefer a water infused with fruits and herbs; There are many ways to stay hydrated this summer. Let us know how you would like to stay hydrated at [email protected]!

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