We all know that we need water to survive. But exactly how much we need to THRIVE has been a hot topic of debate for some years now. Eight glasses a day? Seventy-five ounces? 3.0 liters for men and 2.2 for women?
When it comes to staying hydrated, maybe there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution. Each day, our bodies react to a variety of ever-changing variables – our level of physical activity, the foods that we are eating, our surrounding climate as well as our size. So we have to listen up! Pay attention to what our bodies are telling us and know the signs for when it’s time to rehydrate.
COMMON SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Dry skin
Best to avoid these symptoms all together. Instead of waiting until it’s too late, stay out in front of your thirst. Try using a few of our helpful tips for staying hydrated throughout the day.
6 TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED
- Drink a tall glass of water every morning when you first wake up. Try putting it next to your bed the night before so it is ready & waiting.
- Carry water with you wherever you go. Spending the money on a quality reusable water bottle is well worth the investment. Think of it like an accessory.
- Serve water with every meal. Not only will you help keep yourself hydrated, you will also be less likely to overeat.
- Keep a pitcher of fresh water on your desk at work. Having a constant supply of water on hand will keep you drinking.
- Enjoy water-filled foods. Most fresh fruits & veggies are largely water. There is no reason why you can’t help keep yourself hydrated with a serving or two of cucumbers or watermelon.
- Add a bit of all-natural flavor. If the taste of water is keeping you from drinking your fair share, add a bit of lemon, mint or cucumber to snaz it up.
A little something to keep in mind, an unquenchable thirst might be a sign of more than a lack of fluids. If you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day but can’t seem to shake that thirsty feeling, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue, common for those struggling with chronic, unmanaged stress.