The “dog days” of summer are here. This time period, between early July and late August, is when temperatures are usually the highest of the year. Because of this, the risk of becoming dehydrated is also highest of the year.
The best way to stay hydrated is by drinking water, but many people are tempted to reach for sugary energy or sports drinks instead because they’re craving a little flavor. According to the Mayo Clinic, water is vital for keeping our bodies functioning properly—things like digestion, muscle function, absorption of vitamins, and skin health are all things that can be affected by not drinking enough water.
If drinking plain water gets boring after a while, perhaps it’s time to liven up your H2O! Use these creative tips to help you stay hydrated during the hottest days of summer:
- Add natural ingredients to your water. Try adding mint leaves, cucumber slices, or a slice (or the juice of) a lemon or lime to your water—they can give it a fresh, fun taste without adding many, if any, calories.
- Make natural fruit juice. Fill a large pitcher with water and fruit like berries, segments of citrus fruits, or melon slices. Add ice and let the mixture soak overnight for naturally flavored water.
- Flavor your ice. Freeze small fruit, like blueberries or pitted cherries in your ice cube tray and add them to your water. You can also try making ice cubes out of no-sugar-added juices and put them in your water, too.
- Make a splash. Pour just a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice or other low-sugar fruit cocktail into your water for a hint of flavor.
- Shake up that plain ol’ bottle. There are many single-serving, low-calorie, and sugar-free mixes that can be added to your water bottle, turning your water into iced tea, lemonade, and other different beverages. Pour a serving into your water bottle and shake it up to add some flavor.
- Eat your water. Eating fruits with high water content like watermelon can also help you hydrate. Additionally, eating salad may be able to help you stay hydrated, especially if it contains plenty of lettuce—most lettuce is made up of about 90% water.
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