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Beyond Water: Sneaky Ways To Hydrate in the Summer
Fitness
Published Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 by Alissa Rogers

Beyond Water: Sneaky Ways To Hydrate in the Summer

Drink
Nutrition

If drinking enough water every day is a challenge for you, you might need to create ways to sneak it in.

First, do you really know why you need to drink plenty of water every day? In addition to being the original calorie-free thirst quencher, water keeps your body running smoothly. It helps heart pump blood more easily, helps muscles remove waste, transports nutrients and oxygen, and helps regulate body temperature — important stuff.

Second, if drinking enough water every day seems like an impossible task, despite knowing the importance of hydration, here’s some good news: drinking eight glasses of water a day is a myth. However, the Mayo Clinic says eight can be a good benchmark (though it also claims everyone is different).

Here are a few helpful tips to get you hydrated quickly and easily.

Bite Into Watermelons and Chomp on Lettuce 

Water can make its way into your body in all sorts of clever ways — in fruits, vegetables, soup, and even caffeinated coffee and tea (the minor diuretic effect of these beverages is offset by the amount of water they contain). Of course, some fruits and vegetables contain more water than others. At the top of the list: cucumbers and lettuce, which are 96% water. If you’re more of a fruit person, watermelon and strawberries are 92% water.

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Bite Into Watermelons and Chomp on Lettuce 

Water can make its way into your body in all sorts of clever ways — in fruits, vegetables, soup, and even caffeinated coffee and tea (the minor diuretic effect of these beverages is offset by the amount of water they contain). Of course, some fruits and vegetables contain more water than others. At the top of the list: cucumbers and lettuce, which are 96% water. If you’re more of a fruit person, watermelon and strawberries are 92% water.

Add a Pint (Not Beer) 

Being outdoors in the summer heat can dehydrate you quickly. For every pound of sweat you lose, you need to drink an extra pint of water. If you don’t like the taste of water, or have a hard time drinking it, add some lemon slices, or use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes.

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Add a Pint (Not Beer) 

Being outdoors in the summer heat can dehydrate you quickly. For every pound of sweat you lose, you need to drink an extra pint of water. If you don’t like the taste of water, or have a hard time drinking it, add some lemon slices, or use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes.

Suck It Through a Straw

Drinking through a straw can increase the amount of water you drink.  Plus, it’s thought that straws improve the flavor of beverages (it has to do with your taste buds and chemical reactions). Something as simple as a straw could help you drink more water.

The best way to know if you’re getting enough water isn’t to measure ounces or weigh fruit – it’s as easy as going to the bathroom. Ideally, you should be getting enough water that you have to go to the bathroom every two to four hours, and your urine should be the color of pale lemonade.

Sneak more fruits and vegetables into your diet and follow these simple guidelines to get hydrated and stay hydrated all summer long.

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Suck It Through a Straw

Drinking through a straw can increase the amount of water you drink.  Plus, it’s thought that straws improve the flavor of beverages (it has to do with your taste buds and chemical reactions). Something as simple as a straw could help you drink more water.

The best way to know if you’re getting enough water isn’t to measure ounces or weigh fruit – it’s as easy as going to the bathroom. Ideally, you should be getting enough water that you have to go to the bathroom every two to four hours, and your urine should be the color of pale lemonade.

Sneak more fruits and vegetables into your diet and follow these simple guidelines to get hydrated and stay hydrated all summer long.

Alissa Rogers
Written by
Alissa Rogers
Senior Copywriter
About the author
At MINDBODY, Alissa works on things like ad campaigns, emails, nurture drips, and direct mail campaigns. A California native, she loves being anywhere near a coast. In her free time, Alissa enjoys In-N-Out and yoga (balance), reading, and taking long walks through every aisle at Target.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

Kim Haile Headshot
Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.