Beat the Heat: How to Stay Hydrated this Summer

Beat the Heat: How to Stay Hydrated this Summer

As the sun shines brighter and temperatures soar, it's essential to prioritize staying hydrated during the scorching summer months. Proper hydration is crucial for our overall health and well-being, helping us maintain optimal bodily functions and combat the effects of excessive heat. Here are our seven favourite ways to stay refreshed, revitalized, and hydrated all summer long!

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: Ok, we know this is an obvious one, but it's also the most overlooked tip. On hot summer days, it's crucial to increase your water intake. We carry a reusable water bottle everywhere we go and make a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily, and more if you're being physically active or spend extended periods outside.

  2. Infuse Your Water with Flavor: We're the first to admit that plain water can get a little boring after a while. Adding a burst of flavour to enhance your hydration experience can be easy by infusing your water with fruits, vegetables, and even fresh herbs. Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and orange, as well as refreshing additions like cucumber, mint, or berries, can transform your water into something you actually look forward to drinking. 

  3. Consume Water-Rich Foods: Stay hydrated by incorporating water-rich foods into your diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, and lettuce have high water content and provide essential vitamins and minerals. Snacking on these foods not only boosts your hydration but also contributes to your overall health and nutrition.

  4. Opt for Electrolyte-Replenishing Beverages: During intense physical activities or prolonged exposure to heat, our bodies lose electrolytes through sweat. To replenish these vital minerals, try adding electrolyte powders like LMNT or coconut water to your daily rotation of drinks. These beverages help restore electrolyte balance and keep you hydrated, especially if you engage in strenuous workouts or outdoor activities.

  5. Set Hydration Reminders: In our busy lives, it's easy to forget to drink enough water. Set reminders on your phone or use hydration apps that notify you to take regular sips throughout the day. We also love the Healthish Water Bottle that has prompts on the bottle to help you track your water intake. 

  6. Time Your Water Intake: We make sure to consciously plan when when and how much water we drink throughout the day. Always consume water before, during, and after physical activities to compensate for fluid loss and prevent dehydration. Additionally, consider drinking a glass of water before each meal to maintain hydration levels and aid digestion.

  7. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption: Summer is the season for iced coffees and drinks on the patio, but both caffeine and alcohol can contribute to dehydration. They act as diuretics, increasing urine production and potentially leading to fluid loss. If you do consume caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, just make sure to balance them with extra water intake to counter their dehydrating effects!

Staying hydrated during the summer is vital for your well-being and overall health. By following these simple tips, you can beat the heat, replenish your fluids, and keep your body functioning optimally! Remember to drink plenty of water, try infusing it with different flavour combinations, eat lots of water-rich foods, and be mindful of electrolyte replenishment. With these strategies in place, you'll be able to fully enjoy the joys of summer while staying cool, hydrated, and healthy!

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