We are all super pumped that Summer is here. We live for long, sunny days to spend time at the beach, at the pool, on the trails or wherever in the rising temperatures after months of being cooped up indoors. With National Hydration Day coming up on June 23, we thought this would be the perfect time to remind you all of the importance of staying hydrated during these warmer months. Here’s a list we’ve put together of 8 refreshing tips on how you can stay safely hydrated.
Drink sparkling water instead of soda
As refreshing as the idea of a cold soda may be, it contains a lot of sugar and caffeine which can further dehydrate you. Sparkling water is a much healthier and satisfying alternative. You can find many flavorful options to choose from made from natural ingredients and the best part is, it’s all water! Not only will your taste buds still get that carbonated zing and sweet flavor, but your body will thank you.
Infuse your water with fruit
Fruit-infused water, also known as spa-water, is a creative and affordable way to invigorate plain water and bring it to life. Why not add leftover herbs, fruit or citrus to your water! Lemons, oranges, watermelon, cucumbers, basil, and mint are just some examples to try. You’ll be surprised by how much more often you reach for that glass, pitcher or water bottle. Cheers.
Eat juicy, water concentrated foods
We can easily overlook it, but some of the foods closest to us are jam-packed with water. During the hot summer months, fleshy produce such as melons, citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries are all naturally rich in water content. Why not try orange slices for a pre-or post-workout snack? It’s refreshing, energizing and hydrating all at the same time.
Carry bottles of water with you.
Never underestimate your body’s innate ability to lose water through perspiration, especially when you are physically exerting yourself. Remember, the human body is made up of more than 60 percent water and you need to maintain that healthy balance.
This brings us to our next point – utilize reusable water bottles. If you are drinking a lot of water (which we urge you to do!) and are on the go or exercising – this is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly option is to use a reusable water bottle. You can easily refill it at water stations where the tap water is safe for drinking or filtered and take it with you wherever you go. You may even opt to invest in a stainless steel bottle that keeps water cold much longer than a regular store-bought plastic bottle would.
Hydrate before you start your workout.
To help prevent dehydration, it is imperative to drink fluids before you even begin your workout. Don’t wait until after you have already lost all those fluids to start because playing catch up is twice as hard.
Drink water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes.
Electrolytes such as magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium are essential nutrients that your body loses through perspiration. Drink electrolyte-infused water, add a drinkable packet/tablet to plain water, or down a sports drink to replenish yourself. Another natural beverage is coconut water. Each serving has more potassium than four bananas and it’s super hydrating.
Get FloWater for your Office
Looking for an easy way to have refillable, clean and electrolyte-enhanced water at your fingertips? Fitspot’s partner, FloWater, has revolutionized ordinary tap water by infusing it with minerals and electrolytes to create naturally brilliant water. FloWater utilizes a seven-step process to filter tap water. The sediment filter removes dirt, dust, rust, and remaining impurities that are commonly found in your tap water and pipes. The carbon filter removes even smaller particles such as chlorine, radon, hydrogen sulfide and heavy metals from the water. This alone starts to improve the odor and taste of the water. Then advanced osmosis is used to extract stubborn contaminants like fluoride, bacteria, lead, viruses, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, and dissolved solids. After extracting the harmful ingredients, FloWater then begins to add in the healthy ones that improve your body’s functioning. Activated oxygen adds more oxygen to the water to go directly to the blood and muscles. Alkaline Enhancement implements a variety of trace minerals into the water to act as neutralizers, reducing the acidity of the water by increasing its pH level. This, in turn, gives your internal organs a much-needed break – since they must work extra hard to eliminate acid. Now it’s time for electrolyte enhancement to renew hydration and energy. This includes the four main electrolytes – magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. Last but not least is the coconut carbon filter. Utilizing real coconut husks, FloWater finishes off its purification system with a touch of nature, also known for its pristine cleaning properties, leaving the water with a crisp, clean taste, ready to drink!
With a FloWater station in your office, you’ll have access to unlimited water so you can stay hydrated Interested in learning more about Fitspot’s partner? Contact us.
Take a break from all of the caffeine and alcohol.
During the workday, sometimes we can opt for every other kind of beverage, except water. We load up on caffeine from coffee, tea, and soda to stay alert during work hours, and then switch to alcoholic beverages or sugar-loaded drinks at the end of the day or on the weekend to unwind and relax. Remember, coffee and alcohol are diuretics that will ultimately dehydrate you further. If you couple them with a hot day under the sun, a major headache is going to spoil your party. Without getting too vivid, an easy tell-tale sign of this is the color of your urine. Dark yellow-colored urine is a major indicator that your body is already very dehydrated and needs prompt rehydration.
When you stay hydrated, you feel good. Summer should be about feeling good. Fitspot is all about bringing healthy awareness to our clients. We love your feedback, so please let us know how else we can help!
Danielle is a contributing content writer for Fitspot. She is a former journalist and professional opera singer. Danielle is passionate about whole body wellness and understands the critical role optimal health plays in having the immunity, energy and stamina to excel on stage and off! Running, hiking and yoga are her favorite activities. Danielle resides in New York City and is always on the hunt for the best new coffee spot.