5 easy ways to stay hydrated

Staying hydrated can be difficult to do. It’s all well and good for us to tell you to “just drink more water” but it’s not always that easy. If you don’t enjoy drinking water or live a busy lifestyle, it’s easy to forget to drink as much water as you probably should. Luckily there are alternatives to chugging plain water if that’s not what you like. 

There are many benefits to staying hydrated, and it’s actually an essential part of staying healthy. It helps to regular a variety of different bodily functions, keeps your skin looking and feeling good, and even help improve mental cognition.  

So if you want to know how to stay hydrated, read on to find out our top 6 best ways to rehydrate with ease.

How much water to stay hydrated

Adults need to consume about 15.5 cups of fluids a day in order to stay healthily hydrated. About 80% of this comes from the water we drink, while 20% comes from various foods, fruit, and vegetables with high water content.

1. Eat your water

If you really hate drinking water, there are other ways to get fluids without needing to drink it. For example, eating fresh fruit and vegetables that have a high water content is an excellent way to stay hydrated.

About 20% of our total daily water requirements come from the food we eat. Fruits such as watermelon and cucumber have a water content of over 90% and others such as spinach and lettuce have over 80%. By filling your diet with plenty of fruit, veg, and fresh produce, you can ensure you stay hydrated even if you sometimes forget to drink water.

2. Flavour your water

If plain water is just too… plain for you, why not flavour it to help you drink more? 

Infuse your water with fruit or cucumber or add in flavoured ice cubes to make it taste of something other than just plain water. Alternatively, switch it up with some flavoured cordial or Kool-Aid to make a tasty drink to sip.

3. Stay inside if it gets hot out

Sweating is one of the fastest ways to lose moisture and, depending on where you live, it can be difficult to rehydrate when the temperatures are high. 

The best way to avoid becoming dehydrated when it’s hot outside is to make sure you stay out of the heat and sun during the hottest parts of the day. Between 11:00 - 15:00, try to stay in a cool, shady place, preferably somewhere with air conditioning. Avoid going from jogs or doing any strenuous activity during this time as well to help reduce the amount you sweat.

4. Avoid excess alcohol

Did you know that the effects you feel during a hangover are actually just signs of dehydration? To ensure you stay hydrated, it’s a good idea to drink in moderation and avoid drinking too much alcohol. 

If you are going out for a few drinks with some friends, name sure you’re drinking water in between rounds or drinking long drinks with plenty of mixers to help negate the dehydrating effects of the alcohol. If you’ve been unwell, and can’t face eating anything, it’s best to sip water gradually rather than chug it in one go.

5. Hate water? Sip something else

Just because you need to stay hydrated doesn’t mean you have to actively think about drinking water. There are plenty of other options you have to up your fluid intake. 

Make a warming mug of herbal tea which has the added benefits of antioxidants and various other health benefits. Take a sip of a smoothie or some juice to get in your daily fruit requirements. Even soup can be enjoyed to help you rehydrate - a delicious broth has a water content of around 90% and, with the extra vegetables, you can gain plenty of other benefits too. 

We hope this has helped you discover some new ways to stay hydrated beyond just gulping down big glasses of water. While you’re out and about, don’t forget to take your Greens Steel stainless steel water bottle with you to stay hydrated on the go. 

If you’re looking for more information about the benefits of staying hydrated, check out our other blog posts: 7 tips to stay hydrated when you hate water and 10 dramatic benefits of staying hydrated. Happy hydrating!

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