We all know how important it is to drink water. Our bodies are made of up to 60% water. Every cell needs the proper hydration to perform its job and keep you moving. Without water we experience fatigue, headaches, dry skin, muscle cramps, poor digestion and more. It is especially important to consume ample hydration as the weather gets colder. Brisk air outside and hot dry heat inside strips the skin of moisture 24 hours a day.
So how do we make sure to consume enough water to keep our skin supple and our heads pain-free?
The easy answer is: Drink water! We should aim to get half our body weight in ounces per day (more when exercising). So for example if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume 75 ounces of water each day. That is just over six 12-oz glasses in this example.
But what if you are one of those people who just don’t enjoy drinking boring water? I’m not saying you shouldn’t have at least a few glasses per day, but if you’re struggling to get your daily amount, here are some tips to up your hydration levels without having to guzzle the plain H2O.
- Add fruit, herbs, or veggies to your glass! Lemon, lime, orange, berries, kiwi, watermelon, melon, mango, apple, cinnamon, mint, basil, rosemary, lavender, ginger, cucumber, celery, beets, jalapeno, fennel, etc! Not only will you get added nutritional benefits from infusing your water, but there are endless combinations to be made to keep things interesting!
- Make it sparkle! Some people enjoy sparkling water more than still. As long as you drink it, it counts! Many sparkling waters or seltzers can be flavored as well, to keep your taste buds interested. Just make sure to avoid any with added sweeteners. Then it is more of a soda and less of a healthy hydrating beverage!
- Snack on fruits and veggies with a high water content. Cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, baby carrots and cantaloupe all contain over 90% water. A big salad or chopped veggies dipped in hummus are great ways to enjoy these super-hydrating foods!
- Add ice cubes to your smoothies. If you are smoothie drinker, you may just add frozen fruits and veggies to get that cold, creamy frozen consistency. But why not add a few ice cubes to the mix too? It ensures a cold smoothie-like goodness while adding the extra hydration benefit!
- Drink your soup! Brothy soups can be a great way to get extra hydration. Watch out for soups heavy in sodium though, too much salt will counteract the benefits of the water. Making your own is a great way to make sure you keep the salt low and the water and veggie content high!
- Try coconut water or unsweetened green or herbal tea. Coconut water is high in potassium and electrolytes and teas contain antioxidants and many health benefits from the different herbs used. So not only are these great hydrating choices but you’ll get additional nutrition along with it!
Feeling inspired? Leave a comment and share how you plan to stay hydrated this winter!