Let's Talk Hydration: 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated
You don't need me to tell you that water plays a critical role in your health. It constibutes almost all of your bodily functions, and yet 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Drinking water is something we all know is really important for our bodies, and yet it seems like the first thing to get sidelined when life gets busy.
So if you’re one to wait until you feel thirsty before grabbing that glass of water, chances are your chronically dehydrated.
Dehydration shows up first as thirst (yes you only feel thirsty once you’re actually dehydrated), but then it can also cause many other symptoms like fatigue, headaches, brain fog, constipation, and even UTI’s and high blood pressure.
So here are five tips for staying hydrated:
1. Always have water available for yourself and drink when you’re not thirsty
Have a large glass or mason jar of water around the house that you keep full. I keep mine on the kitchen island so every time I walk by and see it I take a drink. Get yourself a reusable water bottle and carry it with you where ever you go. This will not only keep you hydrated but also keep you from buying over priced bottled water, juice or other drinks that may even contribute to your dehydration.
2. Pick Your Timing
Drink water throughout the day but avoid drinking with meals. This will dilute your digestive juices and can cause indigestion and prevent your body from absorbing nutrients from your food.
3. Water is Best
Caffeinated, alcoholic, and sugary juices/drinks don’t count. These cause your body to loose more water than they provide contributing to your dehydration.
4. Drink First
Often times we feel hungry when we’re actually thirsty, so when you start feeling peckish, drink a glass of water first and then wait 10-15mins. If you’re still hungry then eat, if you’re not then drink another glass of water.
5. Sip Frequently
The body can best absorb water in small amounts, so it’s better to sip water frequently throughout the day than chug a large amount once or twice.