The last thing you want to add to your plate this year is dehydration. For some, drinking enough water to stay hydrated is a difficult and tedious task. That said, it’s imperative that you keep yourself hydrated in order to be functioning on all cylinders, as you deserve to be!
This week, we’re bringing you some of our favorite ways to liven up your water with fresh herbs and fruits; trade-in those sugary juices and sodas for fresh, robust flavors that are full of antioxidants. You will thank yourself for taking the time to ensure that an abundance of water is a regular part of your daily routine.
Why is Hydration Important?
The human body is composed of about 70% water – this means that it’s extremely important to keep those water levels up as high as possible in order for the body to function properly and efficiently. In fact, if you’re feeling thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated!
If you don’t keep your body hydrated, you could find yourself feeling dizzy, nauseous or fatigued. Other common indicators of dehydration are muscle cramps or splitting headaches. No matter if you are an athlete, or you work at an office, keeping hydrated is equally as important for everybody.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Not only does drinking water keep your body happy, but it also provides your mind and body with physical and tangible results.
Take a look at this list of 5 benefits to staying hydrated:
- Prevents and Treats Headaches
- Higher Energy Levels
- Helps Prevent Hangovers
- Helps Brain Function
- Maximizes Physical Performance
To learn more about the details of these benefits, check out this article by Healthline.
Spiked Water Recipes
The fact of the matter is that drinking water is just not everybody’s favorite thing – we’re looking at you, coffee drinkers and soda lovers! The good news is that you can still enjoy your favorite beverages in moderation, so long as you’re taking careful measures to also consume ample amounts of H2O.
Here is a list of seven fun twists on regular water that you can use to add some flavor and extra antioxidants to your routine – take a look!
- Tiki Sunrise – Grapefruit + Lemon + Rosemary
- Berry Splash – Blueberry + Strawberry + Mint
- Gingerade – Mint + Ginger + Lime + Lemon
- Spa Tonic – Lavender + Lemon + Chamomile
- Green Goddess – Cucumber + Mint + Lime + Basil
- Beach Time – Pineapple + Mint
- It’s Time – Pomegranate + Sage
These recipes are delicious, and they will be sure to add some excitement to your day. If you’re looking for further opportunities to stay hydrated, you should also try consuming foods that are high in water content, such as melons, strawberries, and oranges. Read more about water-rich foods in this article by Bupa Health.
Keep yourself and your family hydrated this year – it’s an easy habit to overlook, but one that has an incredible impact on your daily experience. You can get creative with your water recipes by starting your own herb garden at home and experimenting! If you have little ones in the house, take a look at these water alternatives that will keep them hydrated and engaged with you in your garden.