They say water is the root of life. Yogi, they ain’t lying. Proper hydration is a key component for a rockstar-status healthy lifestyle.
Do you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis?
- Dry mouth and skin
If so, your thirst struggle is real and you may have a drinking problem. Take heed of these fantastic personal irrigation tips and up your hydration game!
1. Drink Water!
An obvious place to start, drinking water is the easiest way to improve your hydration score. Take it both as a gentle reminder to a) make an effort to drink more in general, and b) opt for water instead of any other beverage.
2. Quality Over Quantity
Does consuming 8 glasses of anything in one day seem overwhelming? Try looking at it in different ways. One glass (8 oz) an hour = one decent gulp every 15 minutes = four pints by 8pm.
Every body has different needs, so learn to listen to yours.
3. Urine Luck
Not sure if you’re drinking enough? Follow the yellow drip road. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s darker, drink… more… water.
Here's a handy chart to help you out:
4. Set It and Forget It
Keep forgetting to chug life? Set an alarm on your phone. Smart phones help forgetful people.
Too lazy to get up all the time? Keep a bottle of water at hand at all times.
5. Sweat Much?
Consider Electrolytes. Drastic times call for drastic measures. No matter whether you shine, glisten, or marinate, we all lose important minerals that maintain hydration when we sweat.
A little powder (or tiny tablet or cracked coconut, depending on what you're into) goes a long way, and tends to make the act of drinking more interesting.
6. Snack on Fruit
Two birds, one stone right here.
If you can handle the extra sugar (which, presumably, you can), fruit contains a good deal of water. Trade up salty snacks for fresh fruit for a full-on dietary enlightenment. Furthermore…
Drink a glass of water.
People quite often mistake dehydration for hunger, which send similar signals to our brains. Staying hydrated is not only good for you, but can even cut down on unnecessary snacking.
8. Avoid Dry Mouth
Thirst is the dead canary in the coal mine of hydration. If your moist bits are drying out, take immediate action!
9. Un-Cramp Your Style
Our muscles are predominately composed of water. Cramping is a early sign of dehydration, so satisfying thirst before it starts can help avoid your body from seizing up… ‘nuff said.
10. Pee Mindful
Whether on tropical safari or in a heated office, bodies tend to sweat more in hot environments (both humid or dry) and at higher altitudes. Take proper measures to maintain hydration!
How do you chug life? Leave your comments, suggestions, and fun stories in the comments below!