If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it one thousand times: you ought to be drinking more water.
Your skin shines brighter, your time skyrockets, your mind stays sharp, your digestion hums, and even your cravings may dissipate when you’re properly hydrated. But despite what we all know, many of us walk around in circumstances of low-grade, chronic dehydration—another classic exemplary instance of knowing although not doing.
Our anatomies are 65% water, and our brains are 73% water. No surprise, we feel a lot better whenever we stay hydrated! Yet it’s simple to forget to drink in our busy and active lives. Over the years, I’ve coached and spoken to hundreds and hundreds of individuals about whether they’re drinking (or eating!) enough water, and all the time, the solution is just a frank (if discouraging), “I could do better.”
So, if you’re ready to boost your habits (and if chugging eight glasses of lukewarm tap water each day isn’t exactly appealing), there are plenty of other ways to hydrate. The best part is that you do not have to complete anything complicated to feel the benefits of being properly hydrated instantly. All you want is just a drop of creativity and use of pure, clean water (more on that in a minute), and you’ll be on the road to your most vibrant, glowing, and energetic self.
Let’s dive in!
Follow Mother Nature
My office amazing that just when we must hydrate most, all the juiciest fruits and vegetables have been in peak season. Head to your farmer’s market or research what’s growing right now, and load your bag with tomatoes, watermelon, peaches, berries, cucumbers, cherries, peppers, radishes, zucchini, and carrots. Eating these high water-content foods may also provide your system with essential vitamins and minerals.
Eat Your Water
Fill your diet with juicy ingredients, and you’ll whip up the most delicious type of hydration! Juices, smoothies, soups, and even puddings can help you stay hydrated. A number of my favorite water-rich recipes are quinoa tabbouleh, watermelon popsicles, green soup, DIY nut milk, and gazpacho.
Have H2O Handy
Do you spend most of one’s time in your office? Get a pretty glass or cup that you can keep on your desk. Have you always been in the vehicle, running to meetings and shuttling the kids around? Find the appropriate [environmentally-friendly] water bottle, and don’t leave home without your brand-new sidekick.
Stir in Superfoods
Chia seeds are a miracle food, especially when it comes to keeping us hydrated. These teeny, tiny seeds are hydrophilic, which means that they’ll absorb approximately 10 to 12 times their weight in water, prolonging hydration and retaining electrolytes in body fluids. Incorporating them into your diet is incredibly easy: stir a heaping tablespoon to your morning juice or smoothie, and you’re set! My chia pudding popsicles, chia parfait, or chia-filled papaya boats are easy to create, cool, and delicious for a real treat.