When dealing with divorce and the stress that it brings, it is easy to forget your daily intake of water. It is common knowledge that hydration is essential for staying healthy, especially during the hot summer months. Not only do we rely on water to keep our bodies energized and focused, but we also need water to survive. As a general rule, experts say we should be striving for eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day. Here are a few ways to help you stay hydrated this summer with WATER.
Tip 1: Work drinking water into your daily routine. Invest in a water bottle that you can take everywhere you go. Chances are you will be more likely to stay hydrated when your water easy to carry, and available to sip while you’re out and about. Having water on hand may also help you avoid cravings for soda or coffee, which could be dehydrating.
Tip 2: Add fruit to your water. Infusing your water with fruits and vegetables is a great way to add natural flavor to your water. Consider a pitcher with a lid to contain the produce inside, making it easier to pour. Another option is to use individual mason jars.
When infusing your water, be sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before cutting, and wait at least four hours, or overnight, before drinking. This allows more time to for the fruit and vegetables to infuse the water with flavor.
Tip 3: Trade in your morning coffee for warm water with fresh lemon. Your body can become dehydrated after a full eight hours of sleep, so drinking water when you wake is a refreshing way to start your day. Lemon has a host of health benefits, and the warm, citrusy scent is sure to help perk you up. Get creative by adding a pinch of cayenne, cinnamon, or ginger.
Tip 4: Eat healthy foods with high water content. Enjoying soup, apples, oranges, and melon can help satisfy both thirst and hunger.
Tip 5: Remind yourself to drink water using a hydration app for your android or iPhone. There are apps that allow you to set individual goals, track the volume of water you’re drinking daily, and can give a daily drinking target based on your weight, gender, height, age, and exercise schedule.
How To Infuse Water With Fruits and Vegetables:
- Cucumber And Mint: Slice one cucumber into thin medallions, and add them to a ½ gallon glass jar or pitcher. Fill your vessel with filtered water, and add a handful of fresh mint leaves. Stir gently, and place in the refrigerator to infuse for at least four hours.
- Watermelon And Basil: Add a cup of finely chopped fresh watermelon to a ½ gallon glass jar or pitcher. Add filtered water, and a handful of fresh basil leaves. Stir gently, and place in the refrigerator to infuse for at least four hours.
- Berries And Lemon/Lime: Add one cup of blueberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries to a ½ gallon glass jar or pitcher. Add one sliced lemon or lime, with the rind on. Fill with water, and place in the refrigerator to infuse for at least four hours.
Use these tips to keep you hydrated during the hot summer months and all year-round, and be the best possible you.
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