Why is it so important to stay hydrated? Jeannae Flores, M.S., and Susannah Cohen, M.S., CNS, graduates of MUIH’s M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health, have some tip for staying hydrated in the hottest months of the year.
Water plays key roles in your body, such as supporting optimum brain function, assisting to expel waste and toxins, regulating body temperature, and helping to convert food to energy.
Water is essential to keeping your energy up, weight down, muscles strong, joints supple, digestive system functioning at its best, and your whole system in physical balance.
Hydrating Beverages to Maximize:
- Smoothies and juices that are low in sugars
- Cooling herbal teas such as mint, peppermint, spearmint
- Beverages containing minerals and electrolytes such as coconut water
Hint: Try cucumber water, lemon water, or fruit-infused water, such as chopped strawberries and fresh mint leaves or blueberries and rosemary leaves infused in your water. Kids love them and it’s a simple way to jazz-up your hydration routine.
Dehydrating Beverages to Minimize:
- Caffeinated Beverages
- Anything high in simple sugars
- Citrus Fruits (Grapefruit, Lemons, Oranges, Tangerines)
- Soups and Broths
Additional ways to stay hydrated:
- A tiny pinch of sea salt in your water helps to balance your electrolytes
- Track your water intake. Some free water intake apps include: Water Logged, WaterMinder, and Plant Nanny
- Carry a BPA-free water bottle
- Separate your water intake and your caffeinated beverage intake by at least 20 minutes
- Start your morning off by drinking a glass of water upon rising
Way to go, H2O! Thanks to Jeannae Flores, M.S. and Susannah Cohen, M.S., CNS, graduates of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health, for these tips.