It’s officially summertime and with the warm weather comes the increased risk of potential dehydration. While the importance of drinking water is nothing new, it can be challenging to remember to hydrate throughout the workday. Here are some helpful tips to help ensure you’re getting the proper amount of H2O.
How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
According to research, women should consume around 2.7 liters a day, while men should try to consume 3.7 liters. By using this as a daily goal you can help avoid some of the negative side effects of dehydration, such as: fatigue, irritability, headaches, and reduced productivity.
Always Have Water Next to You
One of the most efficient ways to remain hydrated is to practice bringing a water bottle with you to work everyday. By keeping it next to you in meetings, on your desk, and everywhere else, you’re less likely to forget about it throughout the day and more likely to drink the recommended amount of water.
Skip the Sugary Drinks
While it can be tempting to opt for a sugary soda or snack, they can actually make you more dehydrated. Because they are filled with sugar, your body will use quite a bit of water to break it down and digest it, ultimately depleting the water supply in your body and requiring you to drink more water in order to avoid dehydration.
Opt for Fruits and Veggies
Other than water, another great resource for hydration is to eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Certain foods, such as strawberries, watermelon, cucumbers, and lettuce contain over 90% of water per volume, making it the ideal substitute for more sugar-packed snacks and drinks.
Sip on Coffee or Tea
While your first source of hydration should come from water, you can always switch it up by consuming coffee or tea throughout the day. Not only do they both contain high water volume, but you’ll also get a boost of energy thanks to the caffeine. That being said, you should limit yourself to 1 to 2 cups a day.
Keep these tips in mind and stay hydrated all summer long.