Focus On... Staying Hydrated: Tips and Benefits

July 2020

Every summer is hot; however, experts are predicting an increase in temperature compared to last year. It is crucial to stay hydrated daily, but especially important during warm summer months. Water makes up 75% of your brain and regulates your body temperature. Consuming water has many benefits such as youthful skin, protecting your heart, burning fat, flushing out toxins, and much more.

Below are five tips on keeping hydrated — even when you are not thirsty!

  1. Drink a glass of water in the morning.
    As soon as you wake up, make your first order of business drinking a glass of water. It’s the best way to kick-start your day and make sure you are on track right from the start.
  2. Carry a water bottle with you.
    Whether you are going to the park, the store or just to a friend’s house, make sure you always have a bottle of water on hand. If you don’t have it, you won’t be reminded to keep drinking!
  3. Eat the right amount of fruits and veggies.
    Fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of water, so if you consume those in your daily meals, you are on the right track to avoid dehydration.
  4. Take water breaks.
    You normally hear this when you are doing physical activity, however, it’s important to remember to drink water throughout the day even when you’re not working out. Always make room for water breaks!
  5. Make it mobile.
    You would be surprised at the number of apps there are that let you enter the amount of water you drank for the day and tells you how much you should be having. Some even let you enter your fitness activities.

Resources

To learn more about staying hydrated, check out the following resources:

 

Myths and Facts About Hydration (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

 

The Heat is On: Avoid Heat-Related Illness (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

 

Staying Hydrated — Staying Healthy (Heart.org)

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