Why to stay away from hydration
There’s a pretty good reason why most, if not all, health professionals advocate for hydration. Since the human body consists of 60-70% water, drinking up to two liter a day goes a long way in helping you function at your peak. Unfortunately, not everyone has a knack of hydrating as regularly as they should – a trend that we should all be more than willing to change. Without further ado, here are seven tips that’ll go a long way in helping you avoid dehydration.
1. Eating healthy foods high in water content
Many people don’t drink enough water per day. That’s why one of the most effective ways for them to kick start their hydration journey is by incorporating foods with a high water content in their respective diets. Examples of high water content foods include most fruits, delicious vegetables, and soups. The best thing about such foods is that they’re not only delicious but can be enjoyed at any time of the day without fear of either gaining weight or developing other health-related complications.
2. Replacing soda with sweetened water
Sodas are another reason why most people in the world today are always dehydrated. The artificial sugar and flavors present in most sodas are the sole reason why they’re more appealing than water. Unfortunately, soda isn’t nearly as healthy as water. Its high processed sugar content level is what keeps the consumer always dehydrated. That said, the best way to make the swap is by making your water a little sweeter. This can be achieved by adding some cucumber slices to your water for example. You can also squeeze in a lime, a lemon, or an orange for better taste.
3. Track your progress
A wiseacre once said, “Seeing Is Believing”, meaning if you want to be motivated enough to keep hydrating, then you might want to start tracking your progress. Constant hydration comes with a plethora of health benefits, some of which include the promotion of healthier-looking skin, the prevention of dry mouth, and the maintenance of average body temperature. Therefore, if you start tracking the positive changes the constant hydration is doing to your body, you’ll find the motivation to keep at it.
4. Enroll in a fitness program
Being the fitness freak that I am, I can attest to the fact that I drink more water when I’m working out than when I don’t. The first seems to be the case because the human body tends to lose more water than usual due to severe sweating. Therefore, regular workouts can and will encourage you to develop the habit of hydrating regularly during and after your exercise.
5. Recognize the signs of dehydration
Not knowing the symptoms of dehydration is the main reason why most people are walking around dehydrated. Therefore, don’t strive to be most people. You can start by learning all the tale-tell signs of dehydration by heart. These include discharging of dark yellow urine, perennial headaches, dry lips and mouth, and dizziness, which can likely to lead to fainting should the condition exacerbate.
6. Keep a full water bottle within your reach
The dictum “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”, is the reason why always having a bottle of water within your reach is very important. You can do so by carrying a small container with you everywhere you go. Whenever you catch a glimpse of your water bottle, you’ll automatically remember to rehydrate. By doing so, you won’t even have to feel thirsty to have a sip, which is, quite frankly, extremely important.
7. Know when to double your usual amount of water intake
A doctor will advise you to consume twice the amount of water than you usually do, especially when you’re either sick or during specific weather conditions. The latter seems to be the case simply because your body tends to lose more water under the circumstances stated above. Examples of diseases that have extreme water loss as one of their symptoms include diarrhea, fever, infections, and vomiting. Your body also tends to lose more water when the weather is either too hot or too humid.
That said, whenever you find yourself in either of the two circumstances mentioned above, then you already know what you need to do. The best thing about constant hydration is that you do not have to confine yourself to drinking water since doing so can be quite dull. Feel free to consume your favorite juicy fruits and delicious veggies. Indulge your taste buds, and they’ll show gratitude by allowing you to form healthy habits around regular hydration.
A final word
Just like apples, a liter of water a day keeps the doctor away. Therefore, making sure you’re always finding more ways to incorporate regular hydration into your daily routine will promote a plausible change in your overall health. Your mind will regain its clarity, and your mobility will improve because water helps muscle and joint flexibility. Therefore, if you aren’t big on drinking water, then learn to take small sips throughout the day and improve from there.