1. Make sure you drink enough.
Recommendations vary depending on weight, age, and activity level but an easy one to remember is 8×8, or 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water each day.
2. Invest in a reusable water bottle.
If you want to be more environmentally friendly you can always buy a BPA-free refillable water bottle to help you track your water intake each day. If you’re mindful of keeping the bottle nearby, you’ll be much more likely to sip throughout the day.
3. Infuse with flavor.
Whether you prefer limes, lemons, oranges, berries, or cucumbers, infusing your water with fresh fruit can make for a refreshing and spa-like beverage, without any added artificial sweeteners or preservatives.
4. Drink before you eat.
We all can relate to that late-afternoon “must have a snack” hungry feeling. Before reaching for the nearest source of calories, drink some water! Sometimes our brains confuse thirst with hunger, so next time the feeling strikes, hydrate before eating and your hunger “pains” just might disappear.
5. Stick with H2O.
Yes, juices, milk, and herbal teas can all help hydrate your body—even caffeinated drinks (in moderation) can provide you with much-needed water. However, water is what your body is really craving, so you might as well go straight to the source. Sticking with H2O will help you skip the unnecessary sugars, additives, and caffeine found in other drinks.
6. Make a water schedule.
If it feels impossible to guzzle down 64 ounces in a single day, you may want to come up with a hydration schedule. As soon as you wake up, make it a point to drink 8 ounces of water—after a night of fasting, your body will appreciate a morning quencher. Drinking a predetermined number of ounces throughout the day (such as at meals, and before, during, and after a workout) can also keep you on track.
7. Eat your way to hydration.
The good news is that only 70-80% of your daily hydration needs to come from water; 20-30% should actually come from food! All whole fruits and vegetables contain some amount of water, but munch on these top picks for maximum benefit:
- 97% water: Cucumbers
- 96% water: Celery
- 95% water: Tomatoes, Radishes
- 93% water: Red, Yellow, Green Bell Peppers
- 92% water: Cauliflower, Watermelon
- 91% water: Spinach, Strawberries, Broccoli
- 90% water: Grapefruit
Water is truly the elixir of life. As you experience all the wonderful milestones of summer, remember to drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in hydrating whole fruits and vegetables to keep you going strong all summer long. Your body (and mind) will thank you!