Stay Hydrated this Spring
With summer fast approaching, it’s important to stay hydrated through the warm months. If you struggle with drinking enough water, continue reading for our five favorite tips for staying hydrated through the summertime.
Tip One: Get flavorful
One of the main reasons people don’t drink enough fresh water is because they don’t feel excited about the taste. By adding flavor to your water through either spices, fruits, or natural sweeteners (we like this list from Shape for extra ideas) you’ll find yourself reaching for your water bottle more frequently. Experiment with frozen fruits, adding unique herbs and spices, or even splashing a hint of your favorite soda or sparkling water to help cut back from unwanted sugar and calories. Options like Mio and other water sweeteners are also great for the extremely water averse.
Tip Two: Keep it spicy
By incorporating spicy foods into your daily meals, you’ll find yourself naturally reaching for your glass of water more frequently. If you’re wary of spicy foods, consider adding small amounts of crushed red pepper or cayenne for a mildly spicy kick. If you need more motivation to add a bit of spice to your meals, studies have proven that crushed red pepper can boost metabolism and act as an appetite suppressant, not only encouraging you to stay hydrated but also helping you lose weight over time.
Tip Three: Use Your Phone
The average American spends over four hours a day on their cell phone, so we might as well use them throughout the day to encourage more water consumption. By using a mobile app to track your water intake you’ll find yourself encouraged to drink more water. Various apps allow you to compete with friends, provide visual representations of consumption, or spout facts and figures to help encourage you to hydrate. There is no right or wrong app to use, as long as you can find the app that works best for you.
Tip Four: Put a timer on it
Sometimes we forget to drink water when we let our schedules overwhelm our day. To prevent simply forgetting about water, set timers and reminders throughout your day. For example, draw lines on your water with times bottle to mark how much you should drink by a particular time of the day. Also, set alarms on your phone throughout the day to remind you to take a swig (or a chug) of your fruit infused water. By using time sensitive reminders, you’ll find yourself hydrating more frequently throughout each day.
Tip Five: Link with daily activities
A great way to stay on top of your water consumption is to link your water with your daily activities. For example, after you use the restroom every day, drink an 8oz glass of water. Or, if you’re constantly on the move, every time you enter an elevator, take three chugs of your water. These types of reminders can be great, and can be tailored to the activities you do most often in order to be the most effective.
By choosing a few of these tips to implement in to your every day life, you’ll find yourself hydrating more effectively and feeling better in no time. To make sure your water is in the best shape for you to drink, visit our website today to view products that might be right for your at home water system.