With Summer arriving, it’s time to keep ourselves hydrated even more than we have been doing. Now I know, drinking water endlessly can be a little boring, water is tasteless and is not as good as vodka or gin.
Keeping ourselves hydrated is very important for our bodies as it helps regulate our temperature, it can help you lose weight if you wish to do so and even help you stay in a good mood. I didn’t realise drinking had the power to keep you in a good mood. Well, alcohol does that for me.
There are quite a few benefits in drinking plenty of water or any other fluid for that matter. Here are some tips on how to stay hydrated:
KEEP A WATER BOTTLE HANDY
It’s quite a simple idea. Obviously lugging around a hefty water bottle isn’t exactly my idea of fun. But you could just put it in your car and have a swig while you’re driving, take one to the gym with you and at the gym, you can refill it if necessary. I would recommend buying one of those bottles with the time markings on it. I bought one from Home Bargains a couple of years ago and they’re honestly so great in keeping an eye on your water intake. It feels like a challenge to make sure I drink the marked amount of water every hour and it’s worth it!
MAKE WATER MORE FUN
And I don’t mean adding a shot of vodka to it! Why not add slices of fruit to your water? It adds that little bit of flavour and stops the water from tasting so bland. You can always experiment with different fruits and see which you like better. Even add a splash of squash.
KEEP AWAY FROM THE CAFFEINE / ALCOHOL
Goodness me this is easier said than done. I don’t drink coffee anyway so that’s ok, but keeping away from alcohol? Hmm…
Drinks like coffee, tea and alcohol act as diuretics which can contribute to dehydration. Now I’m not telling you to give up your morning coffee or glass of wine at night, but just drink in moderation. I don’t think even I could give up my glass of wine at night. I need that, especially after a long day!
EAT LETTUCE & CUCUMBER
Well, only if you like them. Apparently lettuce and cucumber have the highest water content of any food you can eat – a massive 96%! Also a lot of other fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water. You make smoothies and that would certainly help your water intake. One thing I am desperate to buy is a blender so I can try making more smoothies at home.
START YOUR DAY WITH OATMEAL
Now this is a new fact I’ve learned. Oatmeal is seen as to be very hydrating. When oats are cooking, they absorb the water and milk they’re being paired with. Who’d have thought eh?!
MAKE ICE LOLLIES
Obviously ice lollies are full of water. Why not try and make some at home?! You can get the moulds for different shaped ice lollies from Amazon or a local supermarket and you can always add fruit to them to add a sort of tropicalness to them, it’s great to do with your children and it’ll be a great activity to do in the Summer!