Hydration 411

So this month we have been talking about making sure you stay hydrated, especially during summer. Here’s the good news you don’t need to change everything you do: just make One Simple Change!

Choose 1 of these 7 hydration tips to get started:

1. Replace 1 caffeinated drink each day with 1 glass of water of equal size.

2. Carry a reusable water bottle with you. When your bottle starts feeling too heavy, drink a little bit. That keeps you hydrated and lightens your load.

3. Drink a glass of water when you first get up, or drink an extra glass at lunchtime.

4. Set regular “Water break!” reminders on your phone or other device.

5. Eat plenty of dense vegetables and fruits for their water content. Some good choices: cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries.

6. Slice some lemon or lime into a glass of water to add flavor and scent without reaching for a soda or other sugary drink.

7. Make one of the thirst-busting drinks below. Sip. Enjoy. Repeat at your leisure.
One Simple Change: Don’t Wait to Hydrate

Looking for more info about hydration, which is so vital to our overall well-being? Check out this short (under 3 minutes) video with tips from some of my physician colleagues and other health experts.
Disclosure: This video is made by the Juice Plus Corporation for which I am an Independent Wellness Coordinator for.

If you think water is boring or doesn’t taste good I whipped up some other infused water ideas for you to try that are super simple to make.

 

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On the far left I cut up some peaches and blueberries, in the middle I paired some raspberries and lemons, and on the far right I cut up some pear and cucumber slices. I took 3 quart sized mason jars and then added the fruits and filtered water.

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I then put the lids on and let them sit out on the counter for about 1/2 hour and then stuck them in the refrigerator and viola 3 great tasting drinks to keep you hydrated.

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Next, I took some green tea bags and fresh chocolate mint from my garden to make an infused green tea/mint drink. Bring the green tea and water to a slight boil and then shut off stove and let the tea steep for a good 15 minutes. Then chop up the mint leaves and add them to a jar. Chopping them up allows for the mint zest to come out. Add the hot tea to the mint leaves and let both steep for about 15 mints and then refrigerate.

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Switching up from plain water can be a lot of fun so try adding a little sweetness, a little color—a little something different. A glass of any of these can cool you through and through. Don’t be afraid to experiment with fruit-to-water ratios. Drink up, and enjoy!