The temperature is rising and the Midwest is locked in a bit of a heat wave. Hydration is always important, but especially so during the hot summer months. A hydrated body is a healthy body. Proper hydration helps to energize the brain, lubricate joints, stave of hunger, and maintain body temperature. Like many things that are good for us, taking in enough water throughout the day can become a bit of a grind, but here are a few strategies you can employ to stay happily hydrated.
Start Early. Right when you get up, before a shower, yoga, breakfast, or your first cup of joe, fill up a big glass of water and enjoy. Getting a head start on your water consumption at the beginning of the day sets you up for success. As an added bonus, starting your day with a healthy habit can make you more mindful of the self-care choices you make throughout the day.
The Perfect Vessel. “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Solve this problem by making hydration accessible. Pick a water container that suits you, fill up, and go tackle your day. There is a wide selection out there, so it’s easy to pick a container that is suited just for you . Picking the perfect vessel is not only great for you, but of course, it’s healthy for the environment too.
Juicy Fruit(s). The bounty of summer produce is a great way to hydrate. There are lots of “watery” fruits and vegetables that can be added to your meals. Watermelon, mango, grapes, strawberries, and cantaloupe will quench your thirst. Tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, celery, carrots, and lettuces are loaded with water too.
Tasty Creations. Add a little pizzazz to your water. Cucumber, lemon, and lime are traditional favorites for a touch of extra flavor. For variety, try orange, grapefruit, mint, or a strawberry and basil combo.
So, drink up, eat up, enjoy, and stay happily hydrated.