Here are our top 10 tips for staying hydrated this summer, things are starting to heat up in Perth now, so we need this!
1. Make sure you drink enough. Recommendations vary depending on weight, age, and activity level but an easy one to remember is 8 glasses of water each day and if you are thirsty drink.
2. Invest in a reusable water bottle. Skip throwaway plastic water bottles that harm the environment—20% end up in landfills—and buy a refillable to help you track your water intake each day. If you’re mindful of keeping the bottle nearby, you’ll be much more likely to sip throughout the day.
3. Infuse with flavor. Whether you prefer limes, lemons, oranges, berries, or cucumbers, infusing your water with fresh fruit can make for a refreshing and spa-like beverage, without any added artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Our new GO Sticks are great for hydration on the go and adding flavour to your water, whilst being zero sugar and packed full of nutrients.
4. Drink before you eat. We all can relate to that late-afternoon “must have a snack” hungry feeling. Before reaching for the nearest source of calories, drink some water! Sometimes our brains confuse thirst with hunger, so next time the feeling strikes, hydrate before eating and your hunger “pains” just might disappear.
5. Stick with H2O. Yes, juices, milk, and herbal teas can all help hydrate your body—even caffeinated drinks (in moderation) can provide you with much-needed water. However, water is what your body is really craving, so you might as well go straight to the source. Sticking with H2O will help you skip the unnecessary sugars, additives, and caffeine found in other drinks.
6. Make a water schedule. If it feels impossible to guzzle down 8 glasses in a single day, you may want to come up with a hydrating schedule. As soon as you wake up, make it a point to drink a glass of water—after a night of fasting, your body will appreciate a morning quencher. Drinking a predetermined number of glasses throughout the day (such as at meals, and before, during, and after a workout) can also keep you on track.
7. Eat your way to hydration. The good news is that only 70-80% of your daily hydration needs to come from water; 20-30% should actually come from food! All whole fruits and vegetables contain some amount of water, but munch on these top picks for maximum benefit:
8. Prehydrate with soaked chia seeds. An ancient superfood that sustained the Aztec and Mayan peoples for generations, chia seeds are hydrating nutrient powerhouses. These tiny seeds are hydrophilic, meaning they absorb water (up to 12 times their weight!). When you consume water-logged chia seeds before exercise or a day in the sun, they will slowly release that water as your body digests them, keeping your system hydrated. Plus, they are a great source of Omega-3s and many other nutrients. Think of them as mini time-released water bottles!
9. Go for the coconut. Water that is. Coconut water is a mineral-rich liquid from the inside of young, green coconuts. Packed with potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium, coconut water can replenish lost fluids and electrolytes from exercise and hot summer temperatures. Try freezing coconut water ice cubes or pops for a refreshing, hydrating summer treat.
10. Good gut health. It’s true—maintaining good gut health helps keep you hydrated. Not only do beneficial bacteria help you absorb nutrients and electrolytes from food and drinks (which supports efficient hydration), but a strong microbiome helps keep away any harmful microbes that can cause temporary intestinal issues, leading to dehydration. And, bonus—probiotics support your skin hydration, too! Our Vitality Switch has everything you need for your daily dose of gut health.