Proper hydration is the key to a healthy body.
Not only does adequate water intake aid in disease prevention, improve appearance, and increase energy levels, but it also benefits things like our mental and physical performance and memory.
Yet studies report that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated!
Your body loses approximately half its weight in ounces daily through normal everyday functions like perspiration, exhalation, urination and deification. Therefore we recommend that you drink a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces daily in order to replace the lost water and to prevent dehydration.
We realize that this can sound like a daunting amount, and you may need to work your way up, but we guarantee your body will thank you for it!
Here are 7 simple tips for increasing your daily water intake and staying hydrated this summer:
1. Switch to ionized alkaline water
Users report that ionized alkaline water (made with a water ionizer) does not leave a bloated or waterlogged feeling. We attribute this to the microclustering claim made by Japanese scientists that ionized alkaline water is able to deeper hydrate your cells. The electric charge in the water (via electrolysis) has also been said to create a healthy craving for the water.
2. Start your day off right
Try drinking 1-2 glasses of water the first thing in the morning when you wake up in order to replace water lost during slumber and get a head start on your daily water intake.
3. Take water wherever you go
Carry a refillable glass or BPA-free water bottle with you for easy access on-the-go, and make sure to always have a glass at your desk. Just having the water on hand will remind you to drink it and help you meet your quota.
4. Choose water instead of other beverages
Instead of reaching for a soda or sports drink, fill a glass of water instead. Substituting water for one 20-ounce soda will save you about 240 calories!
5. Sip water in between meals
Don’t reserve beverages for mealtime only – make sure to sip throughout the day. Every drop adds up!
6. Flavor it!
Adding flavor to water has been found to help people drink more than when left unflavored. Check out our suggestions for Ways to Jazz up the Flavor of Water.
7. Eat your water
Add more water-dense foods like broccoli, zucchini, watermelon, lettuce, tomatoes to your diet for added hydration.