Summertime, and the hydrating is easy.
1. Make your water bottle your go-to summer accessory
In addition to SPF 50 and sunglasses, your reusable water bottle is a must-have for all picnics, baseball games, and visits to salty bodies of water. The trick is, make it chic. That way, even if you’re not the type of person who guzzles water constantly, your too-pretty-to-put-down bottle will serve as motivation to sip.
The general rule of thumb for optimal hydration is drinking half your body weight in ounces per day, but if you aren’t sure whether you’re hitting the mark, common signs of dehydration to watch out for are fatigue, brain fog, and dizziness. If you want more energy in your day, drink up!
2. Stock up on electrolytes
When you’re profusely sweating after walking half a block to your car or the train station, you’re losing more than just water. With the perspiration goes electrolytes and crucial minerals.
You can restore what’s lost with an electrolyte-rich drink. Electrolytes are the best way to hydrate at the cellular level and help to boost cellular energy and athletic output.
3. Snack on water-rich foods
Midday sluggishness might mean you need a nap, but it can also point to dehydration. Often, we reach for a snack or a coffee to give us that energy boost when we need to hydrate.
Master your snack attack by eating nutrient-dense foods with a high water content. Watermelon is over 90 percent water. Other in-season fruits and veggies that can help you hit water targets including cucumbers, cantaloupe, and cauliflower—or dice up some strawberries to dunk in your water.