It’s summertime! As you soak in all the fun these long sunshine-filled days have to offer, there is one aspect of your health you should pay extra attention to – your hydration.
Water is one of the most essential parts of your body, as it accounts for 75% of your muscle tissue and 10% of your fat tissue. It regulates your body temp, protects your vital organs and helps you digest food. That is why staying hydrated is so important and here are 4 ways to do it:
1. Bottoms up: Drink your water!
As tempting as it may be to reach for a sports drink or a soda to quench your thirst, water is the best way. Not only is it free of additional calories and sugar, but every sip you take also goes back to replenishing your body’s water supply.
Not a fan of good ‘ole fashioned H20? That’s okay! Jazz up your water with Profile H2Energy, which comes in four delicious flavors. If you would like to enjoy other drinks (juice, soda, coffee, etc.), challenge yourself to match each ounce of those other drinks with an ounce of water.
2. Up your H20 game as you exercise.
Your body needs hydration replenishment even more when you’re working out. That is because your muscles generate more heat, causing you to sweat to stabilize your core body temperature. Depending on your exercise intensity and how hot it is, you can lose up to a quart of water in an hour!
Everyone has different hydration needs based on their body and fitness regimen, but you should aim to drink:
- 17-20 ounces of water two hours before exercising,
- 8 ounces 20-30 minutes before your warmup,
- and then 7-10 ounces every 10-20 minutes while you’re working out.
Double check if you’re staying hydrated while exercising by weighing yourself before and after. If you drank enough water, you should weigh the same. If not, drink 16-24 ounces of water for every pound lost. Another way to stay replenished during your workouts is by drinking an electrolyte beverage, like Profile H2Energy drink enhancers. They also provide your body with vitamins, minerals and caffeine to help boost your energy before and after your workout.
3. Get into a daily water drinking routine.
If you’re thirsty, your body is already on its way to dehydration. Stay ahead of your thirst by developing the healthy habit of drinking lots of water every day. Conquer this by adding some simple things to your daily routine:
- Enhance the flavor of your water with fruit or Profile H2Energy
- Track your water intake with a fun, free app
- Use a water bottle marked with time-oriented goals
- Set alarms on your phone to remind you throughout the day
- Always refill your water bottle
4. Watch your pee.
This may sound gross, but the color of your urine can be a tell-tale sign of dehydration. If your pee is clear to light yellow, you are getting enough fluids. If it’s dark and you’re not going to the bathroom very often, you need to drink up.
Here are some other dehydration signs to watch for:
- You feel tired and are having trouble concentrating
- You have a headache
- You feel dizzy
- Your mouth is dry or sticky
- Your skin takes a while to return to normal after being pinched
And a bonus tip … try Profile H2Energy!
With four delicious flavors to choose from, H2Energy provides your body with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and caffeine to help boost hydration and energy levels. A refreshing and nutritious replenishment option for summer fun and activities! Stop by your local store to pick up a flavor (or two) today!