3/4 Hydration

August 17, 2018

Although drinking water is incredibly important, sometimes it can feel like a chore.  Drinking 8 glasses a day can seem daunting, however, that amount of wine can seem like an easy task when we put our minds to it!  So how can we make drinking water a more routine part of our day?  Below are some tips for getting our bodies adequately hydrated without breaking a sweat in the process.

One of the easiest ways to make water interesting and dynamic for the palate is to add fresh fruit, veggies, or herbs.  Try grapefruit, strawberries, lemon, lime, cucumber, ginger, celery, basil, mint, or lavender to give the water a bit of a lively taste. Just imagine, if you did 1 of those each day, you’d have a different flavored drink for more than every day of the week minus the calories and chemicals of a soda!

Another way to increase your water intake is to drink before an activity.  Take using the restroom or sitting down to eat for example.  After using the restroom, drink a glass of water.  Think of it as replacing what you’ve lost and get that extra 8 ounces in!  Even before you sit down to eat a meal, drink a full glass of water before your plate arrives.  One of my personal favorites is to order a glass of water regardless of what I chose to drink for the evening, be it a cocktail or a soft drink.  Having the water at the table is a mindless way to drink what is readily available!

If you’re in the mood for a sugary drink, try watering it down.  A juice, lemonade, or iced tea can be “cut” with water to make it less sugar laden and caffeinated by adding water.  Odds are, you won’t even notice that it’s got less sugar than what you’re used to.

Here’s a personal favorite: keep a jug of water on stand by. If it’s there, I drink it, even if it’s just out of convenience and habit.  Like I said yesterday, by the time we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrated.  Keeping a jug near by allows us to drink when we see it, even if we’re not thirsty yet.  If it helps, get a marker, and draw on the jug.  Put tick marks every 30 minutes from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep.  Draw a tick mark so that you know how much to drink by what time of day.  That’s a simple way to hold yourself accountable and get through the day in incremental steps so that it doesn’t feel like a monumental task.

Last but not least, it’s summer and we’re likely to attend a few summer time parties where alcohol is available and flowing readily.  Stick to a one-to-one rule: for every drink you have, match that with a water.

I hope these tips are helpful in finding new ways to stay hydrated!  Remember, your heart is the greatest healer of your life.  And your soul is the heart of your life.  Let’s start living, folks.  Today starts now.  Until we meet again, this is Dr. Higgins saying, good bye.