Tips to Keep You Hydrated



The amount of water we consume determines not only how we feel throughout the day, but can also have lifelong effects on our body. Our weight, brain, and energy levels can be altered based on whether we are hydrated or not. To some of us, it may not seem that easy to consume more water, so we found a few easy ways for you to remain hydrated throughout the day.

Here are a few tips to keep hydrated:

 

  • Have some fruit! Fruit is a great source of electrolytes and natural fluids that keep your energy levels up. Grapefruit, grapes and watermelon are great sources of fluids.
  • Drink extra when you exercise. For every pound that you lose during a workout, drink an additional 16 ounces of water in order to replenish your body.
  • Carry a water bottle. Being able to quench your thirst immediately goes a long way to keeping you hydrated.
  • Hot Weather = More fluids. The more time you spend in the sun, even when you aren’t exercising, can cause your body to need more fluids, so drink more water when you’re enjoying the outdoors.
  • Pinch yourself. Maybe you’re feeling out of energy or bloated. A great test to check your hydration levels is to pinch your skin. If the skin retracts right away, you’re hydration levels are good! However, if your skin slowly returns to the normal position, DRINK some WATER!
  • Add some flavor. Maybe you’re bored with drinking plain water. You can add flavor using lemons, limes, oranges or even freezing cubes of flavor like coconut water, cucumbers, pears or watermelon.
  • Drink coffee. Even though coffee is a diuretic, it doesn’t actually dehydrate you. Plus, you can actually count it towards your daily intake of liquids! 8 ounces of coffee = 4 ounces of water.

Drinking the right amount of water can keep you healthy and less likely to develop diseases. Pay attention not only to the water you drink, but the foods you consume to make sure you’re hydrating and not dehydrating yourself. Meat like chicken and hamburgers can contain as much as 60% water and can help you toward your daily consumption of fluids.

Learn to enjoy consuming water. It not only gets easier, but it will keep your energy level up and keep your brain working for longer! When consuming water, make sure you’re getting proper filtration every time. Check out DiscountFilterStore.com for all your filtration needs.

Below is a list of other food sources you can hydrate with.

  • 1 cup chicken noodle soup = 8 oz.
  • 1 cup cooked sliced zucchini = 6 oz.
  • 1 medium apple = 6 oz.
  • 1 cup cantaloupe cubes = 5 oz.
  • 1 cup watermelon balls = 5 oz.
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes = 5 oz.
  • 1 small navel orange = 4 oz.
  • 10 medium baby carrots = 3 oz.
  • 1 cup raw broccoli florets = 2 oz.

For more information on staying hydrated, you can visit these great sites:

Fitness Magazine
Web MD
Greatist
Heart Org

 

What to Drink, When: How to Hydrate for Exercise


Water, Sport Drinks…Coffee? What do you drink to stay hydrated–and does it matter? We break down your best options for keeping hydrated before, during, and after exercise. 

Glass water

Before you jump on that treadmill, tie your running shoes, or reach for that Wii controller, pour yourself a glass of water. (From the tap, of course!) But be sure to start drinking 2-3 hours before you work out! Don't wait till you get to the gym to fill your water bottle!

 

Don't like the taste of your tap water? You're not alone. In fact, it's the number one reason more exercisers drink flavored water. Be careful, though-some flavored waters can deliver as much sugar as soda while others contain potentially problematic artificial sweeteners. Do yourself a favor and filter your tap water. You'll be surprised just how good your water can taste! 

 

Coconut
Looking for a natural alternative to plain water? Coconut water might be your best bet. It's naturally rich in electrolytes, with twice the potassium of a banana. But with a price tag of $2-3 a serving– is it really worth it?

 

 

Many of us turn to sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade during longer, more intense workouts. Sports drinks replenish the sodium and potassium your body loses through sweat–but they're relatively pricy and ugh-those plastic bottles.  Try the powdered mixes instead–they work just as well, cost far less than buying sports drinks by the case, and leave your recycling bin lighter.

 

Most of us are used to that morning cup of joe–but few of us think of coffee as a workout enhancer. But if you can stomach it (pun intended), a cup of coffee or two before or during exercise can give your workout a boost. 

 

Post-workout
Turns out that most of us don't exercise heavily enough to need a sports recovery drink. Water is just fine for most people. But if you need few more choices for what to guzzle down before you hit the shower, read on.  A dose of juice can ease inflammation and quelch those exercise-induced free radicals. And what's even better than a carb-loaded sports drink? Milk.  It helps with muscle recovery and replenishes glycogen stores–it really does do a body good!

 

Perhaps the best post-workout beverage option we've heard of, though, comes from a group of Spanish researchers who claim that your best option might just be…

 

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Yep.  Those Guinness ads were right all along. Beer is good for your health after all! Turns out a
pint of beer works even better than water to replenish lost carbohydrates and rehydrate your body. 

 

So now we know the secret of Babe Ruth's success…