FOUR WAYS TO KEEP HYDRATED
Hydration is very important for skin health. Even a 1% drop in hydration can affect a lot of the functions in the body. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% of water. All organs, including our skin, use this water to perform its functions.
Staying hydrated can be quite difficult especially when not really active or during the cooler months. We all know water can get a little boring at times, but we also know how important it is in keeping us hydrated. Here are some more ideas for staying hydrated:
- Drink a cup of herbal tea. Herbal teas are a great way to add hydration with more flavor! Also, you don’t have to worry about caffeine because herbal teas are caffeine-free. Some great teas to give a try are hibiscus, rose, cranberry, and chamomile.
- Eat fruits and veggies that are filled with water. Did you know that you get some of the water our bodies need from the food we eat? Although most of our foods are not hydrating, it can be beneficial to take a look at foods that are hydrating in order to add more water in our diets. Foods like cucumbers, cauliflower, zucchini, bell peppers, celery, melon, berries, pineapple, etc. Also, it is perfectly okay to eat these fruits and veggies as is, but you can also add to salads, smoothies, juices, etc. to reap the water benefits.
- Spice up your water with fruits and herbs. By adding fruit and herbs to your water, you not only reap the hydration benefits from both the fruit and the water, but you also have so much fun drinking it. Mint and watermelon water, blackberries, orange and ginger water, or pineapple, coconut, and lime water are all great places to start. By letting the water infuse in the fridge for a couple of hours, you will have more flavor.
- Drink electrolytes for hydration. Electrolytes are minerals found in your body that will help regulate your bodily fluids. There are tons of electrolyte drinks on the market today, like gatorade and pedialyte. Although those are okay if you need to use them, making a quick and easy electrolyte drink like this one with everything you already have on hand can be a little cheaper and healthy for your family.
Hope these simple yet effective ideas help you stay hydrated no matter the season. Let us know what ways you try to stay hydrated!