For busy adults, it can be difficult to stay hydrated. The average male should be drinking about 3.7 liters a day (125 oz) and the average female should be drinking about 2.7 liters a day (91 oz.) Although this number could vary depending on your physical activity and weight. Staying hydrated is important for your health, as it will affect your heart, your brain, your muscles, and your organs. Water is the key component of what our organs and brain are made up of, and is what keeps us going. Here are some ways to keep your body hydrated.
Drink Water- Set Reminders
If you struggle to get water into your body, try setting reminders. Every hour on the hour, you could set an alarm, reminding you to stay hydrated. Find a water bottle that will help you measure the amount of water you are taking in, and count how much you are getting for the entire day. If setting reminders is annoying to you, you could make sure you are drinking the proper amount with your meals. Make sure you are drinking plenty when you wake up first thing in the morning before you start your day. After sleeping all night, we are slightly dehydrated when we wake up, so this is an important way to start your day. Try making drinking your water fun by getting a fun water bottle. Some people enjoy putting stickers on their water bottles, it just makes staying hydrated more fun.
Many people chose to do monthly IVs to help hydrate their body. The benefits to IV therapy as opposed to just drinking glasses of water is that you can choose what goes into the IV besides just water. You can make sure you have nutrients in the IV to help keep you from sickness. IVs are more hydrating in the fact it can go directly to your bloodstream with the nutrients that your body needs. This means that it can bypass the digestive system, making sure that your body absorbs everything instead of losing what gets lost in the digestive process.
Hydration Solution Supplements
Drinking water is beneficial, but water alone is not just what your body needs to be hydrated. In addition to water, your body needs key minerals and electrolytes to help your body be properly hydrated, because when we sweat and urinate, our body loses minerals. Those minerals include: magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and bicarbonate. You can get these by adding them to your water through supplemental powders. Oftentimes they make these powders very flavorful and tasty, making it more fun to try different flavors and easier to want to drink. Some of these powders are easily found in grocery stores such as Liquid IV, LMNT and Re-Lyte.
Eat More Fruits
Like mentioned before, your body needs minerals in addition to the water. Fruits naturally contain a lot of water, and eating fruits high in minerals will help you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Fruits high in water content are watermelon, grapes, oranges, peaches, pineapples, and berries. You really can’t go wrong when choosing fruits.
Coconut water is a great hydrator. Coconut water naturally has the vitamins and minerals that you need to help you stay hydrated. Some people do not like the taste of coconut water, so they add it to other juices, but pure coconut water is low in sugar and more beneficial for you than just plain water, and artificial minerals.
Whether you are an athlete and sweat often, or you do not exercise at all, it is beneficial for every person’s body to stay fully hydrated. Keeping your body full of the essential vitamins, minerals and water that it needs, will help your body to function properly and to flush out any signs of sicknesses. Remember to stay hydrated!
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