Everyone is always telling us to drink more water and as a mom it can be a struggle to not only tell your kiddos to drink more water, but to remind yourself to stay hydrated too! During my pregnancy with baby Noa I was constantly dehydrated and kept a water bottle close at hand. But sometimes, chugging water is just not satisfying.
You probably already know that about 70 percent of the human body is made up of water, and it’s absolutely essential to human life. Water is the transport for elements like nutrients, proteins, hormones, and other chemical signals to where they’re needed most in our bodies. So we have to keep an abundant stock of it in order to keep us moving!
Here are a few simple tips to increase your daily water intake for proper hydration:
Add Fresh Fruits
Berries and citrus fruit are loaded with sweetness, tang, and antioxidants that will help the water go down a whole lot easier. Plus, you can eat the fruits when you’re done!
Cucumber is Your New BFF
At 95% water content it’s a perfect water trick! I like to slice them for a sandwich, dip them, or juice them.
Presentation/Flower Ice Cubes
Drinking something pretty is always enticing! Pour water into your favorite glass or maybe in a fancy champagne flute. I really love to make flower ice cubes. The floral touch feels fancy and makes an ordinary glass of water seem sophisticated. Edible blossoms are widely available now – just freeze them with water in a ice cube tray. (Also consider trying this Healing Gem Elixir)
Start Your Morning with a Mason Jar of H2O
I keep a mason jar on my nightstand and fill it every morning with water and a slice of lemon. There’s so many benefits to starting each day this way and you’ll instantly feel refreshed and awake.
Integrate a Water Break in Your Day-to-Day
After I use the bathroom or when I’m cleaning around the house I like to stop and drink a glass of water. I also like to keep a reusable bottle in my bag when I go on meetings, errands with the boys, etc. to keep myself hydrated.
your body needs about 10 cups of water a day to stay hydrated
Remember to monitor your hydration throughout the day and not just during the summer. Feeling thirsty doesn’t just mean that you need water. It means you’ve needed it for awhile. Thirst is your body’s way of saying that it’s been too long.
And be sure to check your pee! What color is it when you wake up and throughout the day? A Pale yellow color generally means that you are well-hydrated. A dark yellow color and infrequent urination suggest dehydration.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us, how do you stay hydrated?
SOPHIE JAFFE is a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, who is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Sophie founded her company and wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness. When Sophie isn’t crafting revolutionary products from the world’s most potent superfoods, she is sharing her insights on how to live a life full of unbounded energy, bliss, and balance on the Philosophie blog and savoring every moment with her two beautiful children and loving husband.