We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. It might be easier for some during the summer months to always have a bottle (BPA free of course) of water handy as we are constantly sweating and wanting to cool down. But what about during the other seasons? We might not be reaching for a glass of water regularly or eating high-water-content foods, which can cause flushed skin, dizziness, fainting, dark yellow and strong smelling urine, headaches, low blood pressure and increase heart rate. Fact and tip: Did you know that headaches could be a sign of dehydration? Next time you feel a headache coming on, reach for a glass of water or coconut water.
Drinking water has many benefits and should be part of your daily routine. The rule-of-thumb, 1 ounce of water per kilogram of weight, is roughly the amount of water you should be consuming daily. Drinking water helps move nutrients and waste through your body, protects and cushions your joins and organs, controls your body temperature and lowers your risk of dehydration and heat stroke.
Drinking a glass of water can be challenging for some and we often forget to do so. To help you take control and to keep things moving, I've come up with 5 easy ways to stay hydrated
- Add natural flavoring to your water. Get creative, experiment with different flavors and make drinking water fun again. Think whole/sliced lemon, strawberries, cucumber, mint or orange. It will taste delicious and it's refreshing!
- Drink smoothies. Blend romaine lettuce, blueberries (both hydrating foods), banana and water (or almond/rice/oat/cashew milk) and enjoy a filling and hydrating smoothie.
- Eat hydrating foods such as cucumber, watermelon, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries, celery and pears.
- Drink coconut water.
- Add chia seeds to your smoothies. Add chia seeds to your smoothie or soak 1.5 tbsp of chia seed with 2 cups of water or coconut water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the seeds to absorb the water. Soak chia seeds prior to consumption to ensure the seeds do not soak water internally from your body. Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water. Chia seeds also contain fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and many other nutrients.
Other tips to ensure you drink enough water:
- Drink a glass of lemon water when you wake up each morning.
- Have a designated mug/glass for your water at home and at your work desk.
- Carry a bottle of water with you throughout the day.
Fact: "If your urine is a dark yellow colour and has a strong smell, you may not be getting enough fluids. Urine that is light yellow or clear in color usually means that you are drinking enough fluids" (Eat Right Ontario).
Need a reminder to stay hydrated to feel your best and be your best?
The Water Bracelet is meant to be tied and worn daily to remind you to stay hydrated. Drinking water isn't the only way to stay hydrated. Try incorporating high-water-content foods into your diet - they are refreshing and filled with nutrients.
The Water Bracelet is made with waxed cotton thread and gold or silver nickel free charm. With each bracelet purchase, you will receive a goal planner sheet and a motivational quote postcard to add in your office or home to inspire you to thrive.
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." - Thomas Fuller