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How to Stay Hydrated

June 20, 2016
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Today is the first day of summer.  Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure you stay hydrated.  Did you know you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water (for example, if you weight 140 pounds, you should drink at least 70 ounces of water every day).  If you are outside sweating in this Texas heat, you should be drinking even more than that.

Drinking water is also a great way to help you lose weight.  When you feel hungry in between meals, it may be your body telling you to drink water.  Drink a glass of water before unnecessary snacking.

This may be overwhelming, but there are ways to up your water intake.  Here are five tips to help you get in more water and stay hydrated this summer.

Order water

Instead of ordering a soda when you are at a restaurant, order water.  I always drink more water in restaurants when I have someone else filling up my glass for me.  This will also save you money on your bill.

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Not all of your water intake has to be by drinking water.  There are a lot of foods that are made up of water. A few of these are cucumbers, celery, watermelon, cherry and grape tomatoes.  Watermelon is the perfect poolside snack for these summer months.

Try it sparkling

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The older I get, the more I appreciate the benefits of sparkling water.  It aids in digestion, improving indigestion and constipation.  Not to mention, helps you stay hydrated. Add a splash of lemon and lime and you have a great alternative to a lemon, lime soda without all of the sugar and hard to read words.

Infuse it love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger Stay hydrated infused waters

Infused water is made by soaking fruit or herbs in water (either in a pitcher or by the glass).  The easiest and most common way to infuse is squeezing lemon juice in water, however you can use other fruits too.

Best fruits and herbs for infusing:

  • strawberries
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • watermelon
  • cucumber
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • mint

Of course, you can always use your favorite and try new ones.  Some of the best waters I have had are infused combos (yes, you can make infusion combos and it makes your waters delicious). The longer you leave the fruits/herbs in the pitcher/glass, the stronger the flavor will be.  I like to make a pitcher before bed and alternate plain water in between the infused ones the next day.  This way, I grantee I get at least my recommend ounces in each day.

Some great combos to try (you can adjust the amount to flavor to your liking):

love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger Sauteed spinach recipe Pintereststrawberry + cucumber + mint 

love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger Stay hydrated infused watersstrawberry + basil + lemon

love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger Sauteed spinach recipe Pinterestwatermelon + cucumber + basil

Other favorites:

grapefruit + rosemary

orange + basil

ginger root + rosemary

Invest in a water bottle

Water bottles are a stylish accessory now, because there are many options to choose from to fit your needs.  Yeti, Swell, and Corkcicle are just a few of the most well known bottles.  They are great at keeping water cold and ice frozen all day.  I use my Yeti at work and my Swell when I workout.

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Amazon also sells these fantastic glass infuser water bottles.  It’s the perfect way to drink diffused water all day.  Just fill in the middle compartment with your infusing combos and fill with water.  You can keep the fruit in and continue refilling all day.

Also, if you don’t already have one, go buy yourself a glass pitcher.  It is a great way to drink infused water all day, and perfect for party entertaining.

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How do you stay hydrated?  What are your favorite infusing combos?  Leave me a comment below!

  • Mai Lyn June 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

    All great tips! I feel like water bottles are key. When you have a favorite it’s so much easier to keep chugging water. Have you ever heard of Drip Drop? You can only get it at CVS or Walgreens, but it’s supposed to be the better alternative to gatorade and almost as good as coconut water. Helps you absorb necessary minerals that keep you hydrated. AKA faster cure for hangovers. HA!

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      No! I will have to check that out. That would be great to have on hand after our parties. haha.

  • Rebecca Hicks June 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I love these tips!! And yay for infused water! Also, one of my favorite summer fruits is watermelon. I could eat that stuff all day, but then I’m in the bathroom the rest of the day 😉 Perks of being VERY hydrated, I suppose!

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, girlie! I have been eating so much watermelon lately. It has been so perfect to even out this heat.

  • Candy June 20, 2016 at 9:43 am

    These are really helpful tips for drinking more water

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you! I hope you have found something helpful.

  • Katie Karambelas June 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

    These are really great ideas. I have the hardest time remembering to drink enough water myself.

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Add fruit to it, and I promise you will be chugging it. haha

  • Johnna June 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    It’s a gazillion degrees here (not really but close) so these tips are very much needed. Thank you!

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Absolutely! Glad I could help. It has been crazy hot here.

  • Samantha June 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I’ve been trying to drink a ton of water, especially this summer. I’m in Texas too (Corpus Christi) and man it’s HOT. I’ve also heard that if you drink sodas (or non-water drinks) you’ve got to drink the same amount in water to make up for it. I’m going off of my terrible memory but I think that’s a thing. Also, I ordered one of those app-syncing water bottles (HidrateSpark), I won’t be getting it to December but it’s supposed to track my water intake for me via bluetooth and glow when I need to drink! So excited.

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      That’s really cool! I will have to check that out. What a great way to get in water!

  • Vincent June 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

    This is such an awesome post! Have you ever heard Soma Water?! Fruit infused water with Soma is amazing!

    Great photos!

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Vincent! I will have to look for Soma Water, I have never heard of it before.

  • kerona June 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    These are really great tips, thanks for sharing, its a must for me to have a lot of water. This was very informative, i have done the infused water more than once and i liked it i did it one=ce with the mint, it was so refreshing

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Mint water is very refreshing. You will have to try some other combos. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Maggie Unzueta June 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Great ideas! Must try your sparkling suggestion.

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      It’s like a much better sprite. 😉 So good!

  • Sophia June 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I just got into sparkling water and I put some lemon and lime in it, it made it taste so much better.

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Right? It’s crazy what a difference it makes.

  • Kristen June 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    oh my gosh, the strawberry, lemon and basil sounds amazing! I really wish I could eat watermelon, I’m allergic, but those look great too!

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      I hate that you are allergic to watermelon. 🙁 Definitely enjoy the strawberry lemon basil. It’s delicious!

  • Kasee @ Shivers + Crickets June 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Great ideas! I love love love La Croix sparkling water 🙂

    • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I need to try them. I am just now getting in to sparkling water. I see their cans everywhere. 🙂

  • Katherine Turro June 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    These are all such great ideas! Staying hydrated is so important and I need to do a better job.

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Thanks, Katherine! It is very important. 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 21, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Love it! I’ve been really into the sparkling water thing lately especially with lemon!

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

      It’s so good!! I had no idea I would like it as much as I do.

  • Shann June 21, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I need to get an infusing water bottle for sure. The strawberry, mint, and cucumber sounds delicious. Also, the orange and basil. So many great combos to help drink water.

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

      It’s really cool. I use mine all of the time. Hope you enjoy the flavors.

  • GiGi Eats June 21, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Sparkling water/drinks are literally the ONLY WAY I can get enough liquid in my life!

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Haha. GIRL I totally understand. I “hydrate” in wine and cocktails all the time. Sparking water is becoming a new favorite.

  • Mia June 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Mmm, I love infused water! I really want to try sparkling water, though, thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Its so much better than Sprite. 😉

  • Ginger marie June 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Love this!!! Watermelon is totally my favorite fruit. Also, infusedc water is my jam. I’m working on a post about them as we speak!!! mwahhaha

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Watermelon is my summer favorite for sure. I can’t wait to read it. I know it will be awesome!

  • latoya June 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    My kids and I could snack on watermelon all summer long.

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Me too! All…Summer…! SO delicious!

  • Nicole June 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I have a lidded cup with a straw that I keep at work and tend to sip on that more than a water bottle because I don’t have to take a break from reading to sip from the cup.

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

      I love straws. I drink so much more water with a straw.

  • Chris Huston June 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I love adding fruit and veggies to my water. It’s so refreshing and you are getting an added health benefit:) It’s a win win!

    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Yes! Exactly. Another great way to get in my fruit for the day.

  • Nellwyn June 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Infused water is my new current obsession! I’m really into classic cucumber water right now but I’m excited to try more flavour combos.

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    • Jessica June 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Hope you love them!

  • Jerica June 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I am a huge lover of infusing water! Great post Jessica! For me, having a water bottle is key! I love my S’well bottle but I need to get an infuse water bottle for flavored water all day!

    • Jessica June 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thanks, Jerica!! I love both bottles for different things. 😉

  • Neely (@Neelykins) June 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Huge fan of infused water. Cucumber and strawberry is my fav 🙂

    • Jessica June 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Mine too! Add a couple of sprigs of mint and its even better!

  • Jill @ RunEatSnap June 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    LOVE watermelon and LOVE infused water!!

    • Jessica June 23, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Me too!! I actually just bought a yellow watermelon. It’s delicious also!

  • alexandra June 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Hydrating foods are a great idea to help stay hydrated as well! Watermelon is such a great summer food.

    • Jessica June 23, 2016 at 8:32 am

      The best! Thank you! 🙂

  • Ref J June 22, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Great tips! I love that you included eating hydrating fruit. It is a wonderful way to increase your fruit intake and stay hydrated. I am already obsessed with sparkling water and love infusing my water with fruits. I will have to try your suggestion of grapefruit and rosemary. http://Www.thebusinessref.com

    • Jessica June 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks!! I hope you enjoy it.

  • Branson Merrill June 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I didn’t know sparkling water aids digestion! I love how PRETTY infused water is! 😉

    • Jessica June 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

      It has to do with the carbonation. 🙂 Infused water is beautiful.

  • Katy June 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Do you happen to have a link to the water bottle with the silicone sleeve in the picture? I found a similar one, but it wasn’t a bottle with an infuser.

    Thanks!

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      I don’t. I am so sorry. I thought the one I linked up below was it, but you are right…it isn’t a diffuser. I got it as a gift from one of my parents at school. I am so sorry!