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Easy ways to stay hydrated

Losalini Vuki
Friday, February 09, 2018

WHILE most of us spend our day in the office or travelling to and from places, it's very important we need enough water for our body to function properly. The fact of the matter is not replacing the water lost can lead to dehydration. Before we point out five ways to stayed hydrated, website reports how we lose water.

"Our bodies are constantly losing water, in fact a typical adult loses about two to three litres a day," reports the website.

"We need to be conscious of how our bodies lose water in order to replenish our internal water supply. We lose water through going to the bathroom. A person typically loses 1.5 liters of water a day through urine. Rapid fluid loss may also come from vomiting and diarrhea. Another large source of water loss in our bodies is through sweating and our bodies maintain its temperate by sweating."

It adds studies show athletes could lose two quarts of water per hour while exercising however, most of us lose less than that on a daily walk or run.

"Water is also lost from our body through breathing," reports.

"When we inhale our body adds moisture to the air as it passes through our air passageways and when we exhale the humidified air is lost to the outside environment. We lose about 300 to 500 milliliters of fluid a day through breathing, depending on the humidity level of the air. Other ways we lose water is through tears, diets, stress and alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes us urinate more often."

Here are five easy tips from website on ways to stay hydrated.

1. Carry a reusable water bottle, always

First and foremost, keep a water bottle that you can easily refill on you at all times. Having your own water supply on you can help remind you to drink water throughout the day. It can also help you steer clear of soda and other sugary drinks and as well as help you save money because you'll skip purchasing plastic water bottles. Be sure to refill it regularly. The bigger the bottle, the easier it is to drink more.

2. Eat hydrating foods

Foods, yes foods can actually help you to stay more hydrated. Foods with naturally high water volume: cucumbers, watermelon, celery and peppers all have a decent amount of water in them. Count items like smoothies for half their total water volume. It's a lot about the water you drink, but other sources like these foods and fluids can also help you reach your goals.

3. Have one full glass each morning and each evening

Make it a habit to have a full glass of water first thing in the morning and another later on in the day. By getting into this habit, you can already count in two extra glasses daily.

4. Prepare flavoured water in advance

Prepare pitchers or bottles of flavored water, such as lemon, lime or grapefruit slices, or diced up ginger and mint. Adding these flavours can add a subtle flavour, perking up your plain water while increasing your daily intake. If prepared the day before, you'll have more time to grab it and go on about your day, and the flavours will sit in the water all night, leaving your body feeling cleansed and hydrated.

5. Use an app to track your cups, or reminders to drink more

Another great way to track how much water you're drinking is to use an app to help you stay on top of it. Daily Water Free or Carbodroid are both apps at no cost- download them to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms increasing hydration each day!

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