We have seen record heat waves this summer, which is reminding us just how important it is to stay hydrated. Water is the most important nutrient, and it's what helps us maintain and regulate body temperature. Your lean body mass contains 70 to 75 percent water that we need to replenish throughout the day. While most people drink water regularly, it's even more important when the temperature spikes.
Here are a few tips to make sure you're doing everything you can to keep your body hydrated in tip top condition.
1. Drink before you get thirsty.
By the time your body tells you that you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Stay ahead of the curve and drink water throughout the day to you can avoid dehydration.
2. Avoid things that dehydrate you.
Avoid sodium and sugary foods and drinks. While your body does need some sodium, too much can throw off the salt balance in your body and cause dehydration. Similarly, consuming too much sugar can lead to fatigue and weaknesses as symptoms of dehydration.
3. Factor food into your water intake.
Roughly 20% of our water intake comes from food. Eating plenty of foods with high percentages of water during the summer can contribute to staying hydrated. Some examples include water, watermelon, broccoli, grapefruit, carrots, yogurt, and apples.
4. Get creative with your water intake.
Drinking enough water to stay hydrated can be boring ‚and we totally get it! Instead, grab yourself a Zevia, , or whip up one of our fun to keep things fresh.
5. Take water with you where you go!
Buying water when you're on the go can be unnecessarily expensive and wasteful. Bringing a reusable water bottle with you can solve both those problems, on top of the added convenience of not having to make an extra trip to pick some up. It's a win-win-win.
We are not medical doctors and cannot give medical advice. As always, we suggest consulting your doctor if you have any questions regarding your stevia consumption and any affects it may have on any pre-existing conditions.