Up Your H2O With A Big Bottle
Hydration can give your metabolism a boost, lubricate your joints, control your body’s temperature, and even help with digestion.
If you’re thinking about upping your H2O intake, here are some tips and guidelines to keep in mind.
DRINK WHEN YOU’RE THIRSTY
This sounds like a no-brainer, but the main way to make sure you stay hydrated is to quench your thirst. Thirst is your body’s natural way of telling you it’s becoming dehydrated. Other more severe symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dry mouth, cramping, and even nausea.
DRINK WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY
Sometimes thirst can be confused with hunger, so drinking water might keep you from munching when you don’t actually need to. If you’re still hungry after drinking a glass of water, go ahead and grab that snack.
DRINK BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER EXERCISE
When you’re exercising your body heats up, causing you to sweat more and lose water. Exercise can also cause you to miss thirst cues—even when you’re mildly dehydrated, so it’s important to drink plenty of water anyway.
DRINK THROUGHOUT THE DAY
It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re busy, so having water with you can serve as a reminder. Always carry a large, reusable bottle with you, and keep it full…. I wonder where you might be able to buy one of those??
DRINK (MOSTLY) WATER
While other liquids can also help you stay hydrated many beverages tend to come with added sugar so it’s best to stick with filtered water. If you don’t care for the taste (or lack thereof) of water, try infusing it by dropping in a fresh lemon wedge or other sliced fruits – not only with the flavour tickle your tastebuds but there can also be some added health benefits attached.