You’ve probably tried to find new, innovative ways to stay hydrated. Most of the ideas you’ve come across probably involve drinking more water or adding something like fruit to your water to make it more palatable.
While those things may help you drink more water, there are other ways to keep you feeling refreshed and hydrated.
Water + Electrolytes = Better Hydration
Ever drink a ton of water and still feel thirsty? Sometimes water alone might not do the trick.
This is especially the case if you’re using some type of water filter that may remove some of the electrolytes and minerals found in natural water sources. Unfortunately, sometimes filters remove some of the good along with the bad.
Electrolytes help to balance water inside and outside of your cells for proper function. It helps “hold” proper amounts of water to keep it from simply “passing through” your symptom.
Personally, I use a Berkey water filter. So, I make it a point to consume electrolytes and minerals in my diet and added to my water.
Signs You May be Dehydrated
Most people are aware that they’re dehydrated at the first sensation of thirst. But sometimes, the symptoms can be a bit more subtle or unexpected. Some signs to look for include poor skin elasticity, dark-colored urine, muscle cramps, headaches, and lethargy.
7 Ways to Get More Water
Adding fruit to your water, using a fancy water bottle, and using timers are good ways to encourage you to drink more. However, there are other ways to hydrate that don’t involve frequent trips to the kitchen.
Here are some other alternatives to getting water (and electrolytes).
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables
High water-content fruits and vegetables are a really efficient way to feel refreshed. Not only do they contain the water your body needs, but they also contain electrolytes that will help your body actually use the water you’re absorbing.
2. Opt for soups and broths
Soups and broths are another delicious way to hydrate. And as an added bonus, you have some of the added benefits of minerals and added H2O from other high-content vegetables you might add.
3. Add chia seeds
You know I love a good chia seed pudding, right? So I was thrilled to learn that soaking chia seeds not only makes them more easily digestible but it also increases their water content. Not to mention, they’re high in fiber which aids in digestion and detoxification.
4. Drink coconut water
Ok, I know I said this post wasn’t about drinking more water. But, I didn’t say anything about coconut water. In fact, it’s made it to this list because it’s like nature’s sports drink. Packed with potassium, calcium, and magnesium, it’s an ideal way to hydrate. VitaCoCo Pressed is my go to.
5. Have a smoothie
Want an easy way to pack in a lot of water, electrolytes, and minerals? Use a coconut water base, and add in some water-packed fruit.
6. Rotate your salts
Sodium is an electrolyte. Consuming sodium from salts other than table salt is an easy way to help you feel hydrated longer and help your body use water more efficiently. Black, pink, and sea salts are all better alternatives to table salt.
7. Avoid excessive alcohol
Alcohol in any amount is dehydrating. It’s best to avoid it all together. However, on occasions when you do drink, be sure to focus on hydration beforehand. And have a glass of water after every drink you have.
Of course, the goal is to drink the appropriate amount of water for you. As a general rule, you should aim for about half your body weight in oz. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, you should aim to drink 60 oz.
Other factors that play a role in how much water you should drink include your activity level, the temperature of your environment, and other wellness goals.