Nearly 60% of the adult human body is water. That’s you — an adult human body. Every single part of your body relies on water to function properly: your skin, cells, joints, body temperature, and everything in between. But during the summer, when we’re at the beach all day, playing outdoor activities, and having weekend BBQ’s, it’s easy to forget to give your body the water it needs.
The heat of summer can often lead to dehydration. Common symptoms to look out for are dry mouth, sleepiness, headache, dizziness, thirst, to name a few. Click here for more symptoms of dehydration.
Bottom line: you need to be drinking water all day, err’day. Here are five easy ways to drink more water throughout the day:
Keep a glass of water on your nightstand.
Right when you wake up, drink a full glass of water. Incorporating water into parts of your daily routine will help you drink more water without much effort.
Invest in a reusable bottle.
Having a reusable bottle on hand will help you drink more water, as they are usually larger than regular 16.9 oz. plastic water bottle. Plus, you’ll help save the environment too. #gogreen
Add fruits/veggies to your water.
Sometimes the taste of plain water becomes boring pretty quickly. Adding fruits and veggies to your water, like lemon and cucumber, or strawberry and pineapple, will add flavor and make drinking water more fun.
Use a straw.
I don’t have any science to back this up, but I am pretty sure I drink more water when I use a straw. Bonus points if it’s swirly.
Eat foods with high water content.
If all else fails, many fruits and veggies have high water content, which will help you stay hydrated. Some of my favorites are lettuce, cucumbers, and watermelon.