During these hot summer months, it’s even more important to drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, especially when you’re outside for long periods of time. That extra water will also help keep your skin healthy – an added bonus for those looking for that summer glow! Get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day and don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Aim to drink 8 cups (or 64 fl oz) of water each day, making sure to spread them out throughout your hectic day.
Many people I speak with struggle to drink enough water during the day for various reasons, so here are a few tips to help keep you hydrated this summer:
- Always keep a reusable water bottle wherever you spend the majority of your day, whether that’s in the car, at the office or at home. Having a water bottle out will remind you to take a few swigs and using a reusable bottle allows you to fill up whenever you run out. It’s also a great way to cut down on your carbon footprint.
- Try flavoring your water with fresh lemon or lime juice to spruce up the taste. Try dropping a few slices into the bottom of your bottle after you squeeze them to keep the taste going all day. You can also experiment with other fruits and vegetables like cucumbers or strawberries!
- Herbs – like mint, basil or lavender – make a great addition to plain water and can be prepped ahead of time using ice cube trays. Simply chop your herb of choice, place a teaspoon in each of the ice cube molds, fill with water and freeze. Pop a few cubes into your bottle each morning and refill as often as needed.
- Home brewed, unsweetened iced tea can be a refreshing change of pace from plain or flavored waters. Replacing a glass of water with a glass of iced tea during the day can help spice up your water routine and keep you on track without adding sugar and extra calories. Both lemon and herbed ice cubes taste great in iced tea, too!
By Erica Steinhart, RD, CDN