Staying hydrated – it’s one of the top tenets of good health. You work out, you eat right, you manage stress, and you hydrate. You got this, right?
Turns out, the most effective hydration can be a little tricky. It isn’t just a matter of drinking as much water as possible; there are other factors at play. Here are some tips to make sure you’re getting optimal hydration for that gorgeous body of yours.
- Don’t guzzle. Rather than waiting until you feel thirsty and then downing a big glass of water, keep sipping throughout the day. Since thirst can be an indicator that you’re already dehydrated, you can avoid the headaches, fatigue, moodiness and other symptoms of dehydration simply by drinking water regularly throughout the day.
Bonus tip: Add an electrolyte drink mix to your water – cue Liquid I.V.. This great-tasting, convenient non-GMO mix utilizes breakthrough science to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone.
- Eat some of your water. As important as it is to drink water, eating hydrating foods is also key to getting what you need. Cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, cauliflower, zucchini, and mushrooms are among the vegetables highest in water, along with fruits such as watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, citrus, and cantaloupe.
- Keep it cool. In terms of maximizing hydration, especially after a workout, cool room temperature water may be the most optimal, according to a small study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
- Keep it cool, part II. Make sure your bedroom is cool when you sleep, ideally between 60 and 67ºF, according to the National Sleep Foundation. What does this have to do with hydration? You lose fluids as you sleep, and an overly warm room can cause you to lose more.
- Exercise. Yes, working out can cause dehydration if you don’t drink enough water. But exercise also boosts circulation, which helps balance electrolyte levels in your body and distribute nutrients to your cells.
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