Staying hydrated is a lot easier during the warmer months. But as the days become colder, we often find ourselves neglecting this very important aspect in our health. To say that water is important to life is passé. Regardless, we simply cannot help but overemphasize its importance. Here are 7 very crucial tips to keep you well-hydrated.
- Always start your day with a glassful of water.
What time was your last gulp of water? In all probabilities, that would be at around dinner the previous night. Sleep may be taken as a period of rest, but it’s also the time when your body is replenishing all of the reserves it used up the previous day. These cellular activities will use all the water they could get. That’s why it’s always best to start your day with a glass of refreshing and life-giving water.
- Ditch dry snacks; go for water-rich foods.
We all love to snack on chips, crackers, biscuits, and other dry food items. Why not just ditch these and grab a slice of pineapple, watermelon, melon, or even cucumbers. There are plenty of fruits that are rich in moisture. They’re packed with antioxidants, too.
- Listen to your ‘hunger’.
Sometimes, we feel our tummies grumbling often signalling to us that it’s time to eat. But did you know that your tummy may also be sending out these signals to the brain simply because you’re thirsty. Here’s a tip. If you feel like being hungry again after eating only a couple of hours ago, this usually means you didn’t drink enough water with your meal.
- Be wary of ‘miracle’ beverages.
In the past, when someone was thirsty, all one has to do was to reach for a glass, open the faucet, and you’re already quenching your thirst. Today, there are many beverages that are infused with fruits and enriched with vitamins and minerals. Or so they claim. Be especially cautious with these products as they often contain other ingredients your body doesn’t really need.
- Keep a record of your daily fluid intake.
It may sound rather odd to be keeping a record of your fluid intake. However, it really helps to keep track of your hydration status and determine if you’re drinking the correct amounts of water on a daily basis.
- Make a conscious effort to drink, especially when you’re older.
Elderly people require more fluids because of a reduction in their sense of thirst. If they have reduced kidney function or are taking certain medications that induce urination, they really need to make a conscious effort to drink. This is where keeping a record of one’s fluid intake can help.
- Take into account other fluids as well.
When we say staying hydrated, we don’t necessarily mean drinking just plain water. Other beverages like tea, juice, and coffee as well as other drinks count as well. These should also be listed in your fluid intake record.
Staying hydrated is easy. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll have no issues keeping your cells and your body well-hydrated.