One of the most underrated- and under practiced- wellness habits is one of the most simple- hydrating! Staying well-hydrated is important all year round- but particularly in the summer when people tend to sweat more and are more active.
Proper hydration promotes many health benefits, particularly:
- Regulating body temperature
- Delivering nutrients to the cells
- Keeping organs healthy
- Supporting our immune systems
- Improving energy levels
- Detoxification and aiding in digestion
In addition to missing out on these benefits, lack of hydration can cause fatigue, poor skin conditions, headaches, muscle aches, and more. Below we share a few tips to help you boost your water intake and ensure you stay hydrated and healthy all summer long.
Eat Water-Rich Foods – One of the best things you can do to increase not only your hydration levels, but your nutrient intake, too, is eating water-rich foods. Foods like cucumber, celery, zucchini, watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe, lettuce, and soups all contain a lot of water and will help keep you hydrated and healthy.
Add Electrolytes – Electrolytes include minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. If you are working out or sweating a lot, it may benefit you to add additional electrolytes to your drinking water. Electrolytes help the water you drink infiltrate your cells more efficiently.
Hydrate When You Wake Up and Before Meals – It’s easy to get caught up with daily tasks and forget to drink water throughout the day. But by prioritizing hydration first thing in the morning and then one glass of water before every meal and snack is an easy way to incorporate water into your daily routine.
Hydration is a critical part of your wellness regime this summer- and all year round! If you have any questions or are looking for more ways to add wellness to your life, please reach out to a member of our expert staff.