Dehydration affects millions of Americans. It is estimated nearly 75% of us are chronically dehydrated which frequently results in hospital visits. And for many individuals, the symptoms of dehydration may mask more severe medical issues. Dehydration symptoms include:
Dry mouth or lips
Peeing less than 4x’s daily
Yet, as common as dehydration is, it would seem staying hydrated is difficult to do. Fortunately, proper hydration can be attained with just a few changes to our daily habits. Consider these 7 ways to help you stay healthy, happy, and hydrated.
Switch It Up – Coffee and alcohol are diuretics. If you will be consuming either, make sure to have at least the equivalent amount of water to prevent dehydration.
Use a Tracker – Nearly every smart device has apps that will allow you to track your water intake. And many gamify the goal of staying hydrating making fun to drink your water.
Check Your Pee – A hydrated body will produce pale yellow urine. If your urine is dark in color, your body is telling you more fluids are needed.
Drink Tasty Water – Water can be, well, boring. Add some healthy flavor with lemons, cucumbers, or strawberries to make your next hydration break a tasty one.
Drink Better Water – Water that tastes good will be easier to consume. If your tap water isn’t doing it for you, invest in a water purifier or filter system.
Eat Water Filled Foods – Watermelons, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables can easily add ounces of hydration to your daily intake.
Buy a New Water Bottle – Just as a new pair of running shoes can help motivate you to get out and exercise, a new water bottle can motivate you to drink more liquids.
If you or someone your love is suffering from severe dehydration or dehydration-like symptoms, consult a physician or visit your local hospital.