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5 Hydration Tips to Keep You Healthy This Summer

Summer means more time spent outside soaking up the sun. The summer sun brings the heat, which causes us to lose a lot of fluid through sweat. Unfortunately, getting dehydrated is just as easy as getting sunburned! We’ve put together five tips to help you boost your hydration when it’s hot out:

  1. Invest in a reusable water bottle: Not only will you be protecting the planet, but you will also be protecting your health! There’s no better time than summer to invest in a reusable water bottle. Durability and convenience are just two of the many reasons to ditch those plastic water bottles!

  2. Track your water intake: According to Mayo Clinic, men should drink 15.5 cups a day and women should drink 11.5 cups, with about 20% coming from food. That seems like a big number and a lot of calculating. Don’t worry - there are a number of apps you can download that help track your water intake. We recommend Waterlogged - it’s easy to use and it also integrates with other health apps.

  3. Flavor your water: Hitting your water goal each day can be a challenge, especially because water is essentially tasteless and unappealing to some. Luckily, you can infuse your water with fruits, veggies and herbs, making that H2O a little more enticing. Here are a few tasty options to try.

  4. Eat your fruits and veggies: Another option (if you don’t like the taste of water) to stay hydrated is eating water-rich foods. Here are a few hydrating options that have a water content over 85%: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, cucumber, lettuce, soup, zucchini, celery, plain yogurt, tomatoes, bell peppers and cauliflower. Add these to your daily diet!

  5. Watch out for coffee and alcohol: If you are only drinking a cup of coffee every morning, don’t worry - you probably aren’t dehydrating yourself too much. However, if you are consuming over 2 cups a day, this could lead to dehydration! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water to replace what is lost after those espresso shots. It’s also no secret that alcohol can lead to dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more often - leading to fewer electrolytes. Opt for water before and after that glass of rosé.

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