Regardless of the temperature outside, hydration is super important.
Here are some of my go-to tips on how to stay hydrated 365 days a year:
-Wake up and drink. Your body becomes dehydrated while you sleep, so drinking 8-16 oz. of water when you wake up will instantly energize you. Even though you are asleep, your body is still hard at work. If you get 8 hours of ZZZ’s, that’s how long you are going without water. Also, if you tend to wake up with headaches, this may be a good way to get rid of them.
-Carry a big bottle of water with you wherever you go. I ALWAYS have a bottle of water with me, it’s my comfort blanket.
-Being thirsty is a sign that your body is already dehydrated. Drink up.
-Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. Drink a large glass of water and wait 20 minutes to see if you still hungry.
-Eat hydrating foods like Watermelon, Cucumber, Pineapple, Celery, Blueberries, Greens, Tomatoes, Pears, Grapefruit and Cantaloupe.
-Take water breaks or set reminders on your phone to drink water.
-Does plain water bore you? Spice it up by adding flavor such as lemon, lime, cucumber, mint, pineapple or berries. The possibilities are endless. Coconut water and sparkling waters with no sugar added are also great alternatives.
-Staying hydrated is great for clear skin, weight loss, increasing your metabolism, detoxification, and reducing headaches and colds. Sick germs thrive in dry environments. Yuck.
-Drinking alcohol? Drink 1 glass of water in between alcoholic beverages to prevent or reduce hangovers. Coconut water is an amazing way to prevent hangovers.
-Working out? When you’re killin’ it in the gym, you may not notice when you are dehydrated, especially while you’re working up a sweat. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workouts.
-Bonus: Cold water isn’t best for digestion, according to ancient Ayurveda practices, but if drinking ice cold water is the only way you will drink it, then drink up and take a digestive enzyme with meals.
What is your favorite way to stay hydrated? Comment with your favorite tips below!