We have been told over and over again the importance of drinking water and the side effects of dehydration in the winter. From the dryness of our skin to kidney stones if our bodies don’t get a lot of water, we’ve heard it all. Yet some of us find it difficult to drink water. Some simply forget to have water. Some people don’t like the taste of plain water. Well, you can make your plain water delicious and healthy! Just add the right ingredients to your plain water and drink it to stay hydrated.
Everyone has their opinion on water. Needless to say, there are many myths about drinking water.
HeathShots reached out to holistic health trainer Azhar Ali Sayed to find out how to stay hydrated if you hate drinking plain water. But first, let’s find out the signs of dehydration.
Here are some signs of dehydration
1. You are often thirsty
One of the most common signs of dehydration is feeling thirsty, and if you’re thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated.
2. You urinate less frequently
If you don’t use the toilet much, it means your body needs water (how often should you urinate). When you’re dehydrated, your body tries to retain as much fluid as possible, says Sayed.
3. Dark yellow or strong-smelling pee
If the color of your pee is dark yellow instead of light or pale yellow and smells strong, these are clear signs of dehydration.
4. Increased heart rate and palpitations
These could also be signs of dehydration because when the body is dehydrated, the heart has to pump harder in order to supply blood throughout the body, which happens due to a decrease in blood volume.
5. You feel dizzy
This happens because you don’t get as much blood flow to the brain, says Sayed, who is the author of “Eat Your Cake, Lose Your Weight.”
6. You have a dry mouth.
It is also one of the signs of dehydration as saliva production decreases with lower water intake.
Hydrating drinks to have if you’re not into plain water
Not everyone likes the taste of plain water, so infusing your water bottle with fruits, vegetables, or herbs is a great option for adding flavor to your water.
Here are some healthy naturally flavored water options.
1. Water with lemons
Adding lemon to water helps digest food, provides a healthy dose of vitamin C and may help prevent kidney stones, says the expert. Lemons are also a great source of potassium, which can help manage blood pressure.
2. Water with cucumbers
Adding finely chopped cucumbers is a double benefit as the cucumber itself is over 90% water and it also helps you lose weight as it keeps you full longer. Cucumbers are an excellent source of fiber to help with better digestion and better gut health.
3. Peppermint Water
It contains menthol which has been shown to help manage irritable bowel syndrome. If you have stomach aches and constipation problems, peppermint can help treat them.
4. Water with watermelon
Watermelon also contains a lot of water and adding its pieces to plain water gives it a nice sweet taste. It also helps to stay away from cravings for sugary drinks and thus, helps you stay away from empty calories.
Ways to increase your water intake
Try to increase your water intake by combining it with your daily activities.
• Drink a glass of water right after you wake up.
• Drink a glass of water each time you return to your desk.
• Drink a glass of water before each meeting.
• Drink a glass of water before taking a shower.
• Drink a glass of water before closing your eyes at night.
Adding a variety of low-calorie beverages to your diet is also a great option for reaching your hydration goals. Coconut water, lemon juice, buttermilk, bone broth, soups, herbal teas, and decaffeinated teas like chamomile, rose, lavender, peppermint are great options. They all taste great and offer a good variety to your palate.
Those who simply forget to drink enough water, one strategy is to make sure you always have water on hand. This way you will continue to sip water throughout the day. So, whether it’s next to your bed, at your desk, in your car or a small bottle in your bag, take it wherever you are!
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