You could be dehydrated right now and you wouldn’t even know it.
Surprisingly, this is more common than people realize. According to CBS, 75% of the population may be chronically dehydrated!
If you are feeling sluggish, fatigued, and agitated, you may not be drinking enough water yourself. On the other hand, drinking enough water has several different physical and mental benefits.
Here are a few tips that might help you SEA the benefits of drinking more water and how to do it.
How much water is too much water?
There are so many opinions as to how much water we should drink. The honest truth is that the answer varies.
In general, 8oz of water a day is a good place to start. Depending on your body type, you might need a little more but not usually less.
Tip #1: Space Out Your Drinks
If you’ve tied to drink 8 cups of water all at once, you know it’s not a great idea. You may succeed, but you will surely regret it.
The best way to stay hydrated is to drink water over time.
When you wake up, your body is starting the day at a hydration deficit. Get used to drinking a glass of water in the morning. It will help you wake up and prepare you for the day.
Get used to drinking water during your meals and in between your meals. Fight off the after-lunch slump with another refreshing drink of water. Before you know it, you will have drank more than enough water for the entire day.
Tip #2: When are you Thirsty?
If you are craving a taco, you may actually just want a tall drink of water. Experts say to drink a glass of water before eating a meal or a snack and then wait 15 minutes. If you were hungry, you might still feel a stomach pang. But, you were just thirsty, you will feel satisfied.
Learn to listen to your body. When do you crave food or snacks? Are you used to eating late at night? When is it easiest for you to drink water?
As you make drinking water a habit, your body will adapt and improve
Tip #3: Lunch Time
Cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, watermelons and many other fruits and vegetables are mostly water. Eating the right fruits will help you stay hydrated and keep you healthy and strong.
There are a lot of recipes online that will help you incorporate these fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals.
Tip #4 Some Drinks can Dehydrate
Don’t most drinks have water in them? Well, yes and no.
Alcoholic drinks often act as diuretics, which means that they cause the body to lose fluids and reduce your brain’s desire to drink water.
Instead of buying sugary drinks, get creative and add fruits or even sweet herbs to your water.
Drinking water is a lot more important than you may realize. All it takes to be healthier is to pick up a few glasses of water a day. Are you willing to do it?