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6 Tips to Stay Hydrated this Winter Even If You Think Water is Boring

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?

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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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!

10 Responses so far.

  1. Alice says:

    I want to drink more water, but am crazy limited on bathroom breaks thanks to my nutty job. Any advice?

    • coachphoebe says:

      Hey Alice! Great question, as drinking enough water does have that effect! I always recommend drinking a glass or two immediately after waking up, that should give you some time before you get to work and start your day right! Then drink as much as you can, timed right during the day at work. You know what is best for you and your breaks! Then as soon as you’re done with work you can have a few more glasses to make up the difference (just not too close to bedtime, you don’t want to have to wake up all night to pee!) 😀 Basically, keep track of how much you’re getting, and experiment to see what works best for you! Good luck!

  2. Fran says:

    Good ideas. My problem is not that I dislike water, but that I just don’t remember to drink enough. I tried setting an alarm to remind me but eventually I just learned to ignore the alarm.

    • coachphoebe says:

      Thanks Fran! I try to keep a 32 oz. bottle with me (or near me) during the day and give myself goals to refill at certain times. Then I know if I’m behind I have to chug! 🙂 Also eating water-rich foods throughout the day can help if you think you didn’t drink enough! I think it all comes down to habit. Once you make it a habit, you don’t have to “remember” as much anymore! Good luck! Happy New Year!

  3. Julie says:

    Hello new blog! Nice tips girlie

  4. Cyndi says:

    bottoms up!
    I have found that once you start drinking more your body adjusts to the larger amount and you don’t have to go to the bathroom as often.

  5. Abby says:

    Last year I resolved to drink more H20 .. one way I achieved this was by switching my cup. I said good bye to my water bottle and hello to a tall tumbler with reusable straw – may seem silly but it worked. The tumbler is sparkly, easy to clean and I seem to drink more with the straw! I am really digging your blog, Coach Phoebe:)

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