10 Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

It’s important to stay hydrated when it’s hot outside, but it can require a bit more than drinking a bit of water now and then. I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like I’m melting these days, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite hydration tips with you today.

Two glass jars with cucumber lime slush, with a grey tea towel in the background and limes, cucumbers, and mint scattered around

For many of us, not only is the summer hot, but it also tends to be an active time of year, which means we need to be particularly mindful of keeping hydrated. Pregnant and lactating people also need to keep their hydration needs in mind, as they are higher than usual.

Staying well hydrated is important because it helps our hearts pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps our muscles work more efficiently (remember – your heart is a muscle!).

When it’s hot out and we’re not hydrated enough, this means the heart is working extra hard to do its job.

Being well hydrated also helps with absorption of water-soluble nutrients, helps regulate body temperature, aids in digestion, and helps transport oxygen to your cells. And, good hydration helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, muscle cramps, headaches, and bladder infections.

So as you can see, it’s pretty important to be well hydrated!

kale, avocado, cucumber, hemp, apple, parsley, celery, and a green smoothie on a wooden background

How much fluid do you need to take in to be well hydrated?

This really changes from person to person. It varies depending on how hot it is outside, how active you are and for how long, and also changes according to your personal metabolism and biology. In general, someone who sweats more will also need to drink more to stay hydrated.

Are you thirsty? Thirst isn’t the best signal that you need to drink — if you feel thirsty then you’re probably already a bit dehydrated. Other signs of dehydration include:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness or lethargy
  • Decreased urine output or really dark yellow urine
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth

Ok, then how much should you drink? It’s impossible to say; some people need more, and some need less.

Generally, the easiest thing to do is pay attention to the colour of your urine. Pale and clear means you’re well hydrated. If it’s dark, you need to drink more fluids. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 100 oz (3 litres!) of fluids per day.

If you’re struggling to stay hydrated or looking for more creative way to get in your daily water, here are my top 10 tips.

a sliced watermelon on a grey background

1. Pre-Hydrate

Make it part of your hydration game plan to drink water before you exercise or go out in the sun. Of course it’s also important to keep hydrated once you’re out, but drinking before hand gives you a head start and helps to avoid undue strain on your heart.

Try this hydrating Chia Fresca

Chia Fresca
Make Chia Fresca at home! This quick and easy recipe is the perfect healthy hydration drink. Made with just chia seeds, lime juice, honey, and a pinch of salt, it's a natural energy drink you can pull off in a matter of minutes. 
Check out this recipe
two glasses of chia fresca with wedges of lime and a multicoloured tea towel on a grey background

2. Choose Caffeine Free

Whenever possible, stay away from drinks that contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic (translation: it makes you pee more) which in turn causes you to lose more fluids.

Note that alcohol is also a diuretic, so if you’re hitting the breweries or having cocktails on a sunny patio, be sure to have a large glass of water alongside every alcoholic drink.

3. Eat fruit!

Most fruits (and vegetables) contain a good amount of water, and it all adds up. In particular juicy fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe, stone fruits like peaches, and fresh berries contain a lot of water.

Fresh fruit also provides dietary fiber, so it’s a better choice than drinking fruit juice.

Try this Watermelon and Feta Salad

Spicy Water Melon Salad
Spicy Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint! This classic summer salad gets taken up a notch with a drizzle of lemon chili oil, a layered assembly, and lots and lots of mint.
Check out this recipe
watermelon and feta salad on a blue and white platter with a dark grey dishcloth to the side

4. Keep water handy

Having water on hand is one way to ensure you’ll remember to drink it, so keeping a refillable bottle handy is a good idea. Go for something that’s BPA free if you can. I like those insulated metal water bottles as they keep my water icy cold, which is how I like it.

5. Infuse your water

If you find plain water uninspiring or down right hard to drink, try making infused water. Add sliced fruit, fresh herbs, cucumber slices, lemons, and berries to a big jug of water and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavours infuse.

Try this Cucumber Mint Infused Water

Cucumber Mint Infused Water
This refreshing Cucumber Mint Water is so delicious and is made without any added sweeteners. Perfect for parties, baby or bridal showers, or barbecues, this healthy summer drink has amazing benefits. Infused water recipes are so simple to make and can help you maintain your hydration goals.
Check out this recipe

6. Add a splash of juice

In general I’m not a juice drinker, as I find it too thick and sweet, and because it tends to be empty calories and way too much sugar. But, I do really enjoy small splash of juice – in particular tart juices – added to a tall glass of water.

This gives the water a bit of flavour, and I also find it to be more hydrating than straight water.

7. Add a pinch of salt

It may sound weird to add salt to your water to stay hydrated, but many people find that adding a pinch of sea salt to their water does the trick. And this makes sense if you think about it; we lose salts when we sweat, and they need to be replaced.

I like to add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, which contains a lot of minerals.

8. Try herbal teas

Herbal teas don’t contain caffeine and are loaded with flavour, so they’re a great way to add to your daily fluid intake. Too hot to drink tea? Herbal teas also make excellent iced beverages.

Try this Sweet Tea recipe

Healthy Sweet Tea
Delicious and low carb, this Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe uses honey instead of buckets of sugar. Sweet tea with honey is refreshing and better for you than other sweet tea recipes. Learn how simple it is to make sweet tea without sugar. This healthy iced tea recipe will be your new favorite sip!
Check out this recipe

9. Make ice pops

Sometimes you just really want a cold treat, but the good news is that popsicles and ice pops totally count towards your daily fluid intake. Make them yourself from herbal teas, leftover smoothies, and fruit juices to keep the sugar levels lower than store-bought popsicles.

Try these Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Pops

Roasted Strawberry Yoghurt Popsicles
Roasted Strawberry Yoghurt Popsicles! Take advantage of the season's best juicy berries, roasted to bring out the flavours and juices, then gently folded into honey-sweetened yoghurt and a squeeze of lime. 
Check out this recipe
roasted strawberry yoghurt popsicles arranged on a cookie sheet

10. Try DIY slushies

If you’ve got a decent blender, slushies and smoothies are a fun way to get in extra fluids. A smoothie for breakfast is a great way to get in extra fluids and make a meal of it at the same time!

Try this DIY Cucumber Mint Slushie

Cucumber Mint Slushie
Cucumber Mint Slushie - the perfect refreshing and nourishing drink for hot weather. Cucumber, mint, and lime are blended together with just a touch of honey and lots of ice for the ultimate refreshing summer drink. 
Check out this recipe
Two glass jars with cucumber lime slush, with a grey tea towel in the background and limes, cucumbers, and mint scattered around

 

Originally posted July 6, 2018. Updated, edited, and re-published July 23, 2019.



 

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