Thirsty Thursday: Staying Hydrated in the Summer

How do you ensure you're drinking enough water when temps reach an all time high this summer, especially when you struggle drinking water in general? 

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 Remember, the rule of thumb is to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces, each day. In the summer, you're sweating a lot more, and therefore, need to drink more water. If you're like half the people I've worked with and talked to, you aren't a huge fan of water - you may think it's too plain tasting, and not flavorful enough. Don't just grab a can of soda or a juice box though, because that will do anything but keep you hydrated. Always keep a water bottle with you wherever you go, because you'll get thirstier in this hot weather. Water is the best choice here, any other sugar filled drink will only leave you more thirsty! Water doesn't have to be boring, it can be fun, and even a little sweet, naturally of course.

My number one tip to make sure you drink more water, ADD FRUIT!
You can do this one of two ways.

1. Slice up fruit and add to water. My favorite combos are strawberries and blueberries for a mixed berry combo, and lemon, lime, and orange for a nice citrus flavor. They're extremely refreshing and make for a great summer drink, with just the right amount of sweetness and flavor that will make you forget all about that can of soda in the fridge.

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2. Add sliced fruit to ... ICE CUBES! Just last night I added blueberries and sliced strawberries to my ice cube trays, along with water, and froze them overnight. This morning I woke up to fruit ice cubes, quickly threw them into my water and I was off and on the go! It was the perfect cool down drink on this hot summer day.

Of course, I get it, we're human, and we're going to enjoy a few sweet drinks, and maybe some adult beverages at a BBQ over the weekend, which is completely okay. Remember everything in moderation, but just make sure you have a bottle of water or glass of water nearby to drink after. Try to alternate between the two, this way your body is staying hydrated, and you're not getting drunk too quickly, ha.

Remember to stay hydrated, and enjoy this beautiful weather. Cheers!