3 Ways to Beat Hydration Boredom

There’s nothing hot about a heat wave.

At least not when it leaves you feeling wilted due to dehydration. For us Northwesterners, the hot weather is a breath of fresh air compared to the constant rain we experience most of the year. Unfortunately, that also means our bodies aren’t always prepared for the switch in climate.

If you are anything like me, you know that “drinking enough water” can be downright boring. And as you’ll come to learn, both Jamie and I have an extremely low tolerance for boredom. The following tips ensure I stay hydrated without making me want to throw my Brita at the wall.

1. Drink coconut water

Coconut water has a number of health benefits, the most important being its high electrolyte count. Coconut water has more potassium than a banana, and more calcium and magnesium than commercial sport drinks, without the added sugar, sodium and artificial sweeteners. Because it contains these natural electrolytes, it not only replenishes your fluids but helps you maintain a good balance of minerals in your body, which you lose when you sweat. Store bought versions are great, just watch for artificial flavors and preservatives in some brands. I prefer Taste Nirvana‘s coconut water with chunks of aloe. Of course, it tastes the best directly out of a young coconut.

{{sippin like a stunna…}}

2. Flavor your water

Bored of plain water? Uh yeahduh. Thing is, who said water had to be plain? Ever been to a spa where they serve water with cucumbers in it? Or had lemon water at a restaurant? That’s little league, but it’s the right idea. I treat my water as if it were a cocktail…I’ll muddle some cukes and mint like I did in the photo below, or muddle blueberries or watermelon, lemons or ginger and stevia, you name it. There’s no limit to what you can work with. Try it and you’ll be sucking down water like its your job in no time.

{{Mojito water…like a cocktail, without the hangover}}

3. Up your raw food intake

I’ve dabbled in raw foodism, but was never really able to stick to a 100% raw diet due to the cold climate where I live and my severe incompetence when it comes to sprouting things. That said, I do believe that high quantities of raw foods are essential to a healthy diet. Raw fruits and veggies provide essential nutrients and enzymes that keep our cells happy, but those enzymes and nutrients are destroyed when the food is heated over 115 degrees. I could go on about the benefits of raw foods (stay tuned, I’ll be sure to post on it soon), but the point here is that raw foods also have the highest water content of any other food. Ever found yourself craving fruit when it’s hot out? Well, that’s why. Therefore, the more fruit, salad and veggie sticks you put in your body this summer, the less straight up water you will have to drink. Plus, you get all the other benefits raw foods have to offer. {{Bonus!!}}

{{Photo Credit: Love of Ribbon}}

So live on the edge a little this summer – stand up to the old “8 glasses a day” adage and let yourself get excited about hydration. Your skin, your workout routine and your taste buds will thank you.

Stay happy, healthy and hot!

❤ Sarah


2 thoughts on “3 Ways to Beat Hydration Boredom

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