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.
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.
Eat hydrating foods
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
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.
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:
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):
strawberry + cucumber + mint
strawberry + basil + lemon
watermelon + cucumber + basil
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.
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.
How do you stay hydrated? What are your favorite infusing combos? Leave me a comment below!