Fall may be right around the corner, but we’ve still got a few weeks of hot weather ahead of us. If you plan on making the most of it by cramming in as many beach days and pool parties as possible, we don’t blame you. Just remember three things: hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate again.
Our bodies rely on water to survive. In order for all of our organs and biochemical processes to function properly, we need water. And when we don’t get enough of it, our bodies rebel. Think headaches, dizzy spells, sluggishness, brain fog, irritability — the list goes on and on. We’ve all been there at one point or another.
While the amount of water we actually need to drink each day is up for debate, and there’s no official recommendation, one thing that will make the whole hydration thing a lot easier is keeping an open mind about how you get your fluids. While loading up on plain old water is a good idea, it’s hardly the only option out there. Here are five healthy, delicious ways to stay hydrated through the final days of summer.
1. Eat foods that are naturally full of water.
Stopping by the local grocery store before beach day? Load up on hydrating produce like cucumbers, watermelon, pineapples, pears, bell peppers, strawberries, and grapefruit. Munching on these foods all day long is a surefire way to stay happily hydrated, but if you’d like something more substantial, you can prepare hydrating meals ahead of time. Think smoothies, chia puddings, salads, and summer soups.
2. Add a pinch of sea salt to your water.
It’s no secret that salty food makes people more thirsty, so the idea of adding sea salt to your water in the name of hydration may seem a little counterintuitive. While too much salt is definitely dehydrating, a pinch of it provides electrolytes, which helps hydrate the cells quickly. When looking for salts that help with hydration, go for Himalayan sea salt or Celtic sea salt. If you don’t have salt on hand, look for water brands that add electrolytes, like Smartwater.
3. Buy a water bottle you love.
If drinking plain old H2O is boring for you, try finding a water bottle you love. A beautiful design or fun shape may be just the thing you need to make drinking water feel, well, fun. Check out brands like SOMA, bkr, and S’Well. In addition to being sleek and well-designed, these water bottles are eco-friendly.
4. Add natural flavors to your water.
Another easy way to make your water more exciting is by adding natural flavor to it. Consider dropping some of your favorite berries into your water, or adding lemon, basil, or cucumbers. If that sounds like too much work, order unsweetened iced herbal tea at your local coffee shop.
5. Make popsicles.
While most of the popsicles you’ll find at the grocery store are packed with sugar, making your own healthy popsicles is ridiculously easy. Simply blend up your hydrating smoothie of choice, pour into popsicle molds (like these), and freeze. That way, you’ll always have a healthy, hydrating treat on hand whenever you need it.