Proper hydration is a key component to optimal health. It is necessary to stay hydrated in order to support nearly every system in the body. Drinking water also helps you feel fuller, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much, which is particularly helpful if you are trying to lose or maintain weight. But as great as that all sounds, sometimes staying hydrated is a little more difficult than we’d like. Taking a deeper dive into why hydration is important and what it looks like (and doesn’t) will help!
Why is Hydration Important?
Because our bodies are made of 60% water, it stands to reason that maintaining a healthy level of hydration should be important. Hydration is crucial to a number of integral bodily functions—from regulating body temperature and lubricating joints to helping nutrients reach cells and maintaining proper muscle and organ function. Being hydrated can also help improve your skin, your sleep quality, and your mood.
Suffice it to say, hydration is important. But how do you know if you’re properly hydrated?
How Do You Know If You’re Hydrated?
There is no blanket formula that works for every single person, given that many factors will influence how much water you need on the daily—including your gender, age, level of exercise, and where you live. However, experts do say that the typical male should be drinking approximately 15.5 cups of fluid (preferably water) a day, while women should be drinking approximately 11.5 cups.
Those amounts will need to be increased if you’re exercising vigorously, if you’ve recently been ill (particularly with diarrhea or vomiting), or been exposed to excessive or prolonged heat, among other things.
If you think you may not be hydrated, there are several signs to look out for—some more obvious than others.
- Lower amounts or darker colors of urine
- Difficulty with dry bowel movements
- Lowered skin elasticity
Staying hydrated can not only help you avoid those things, but will lead to increased energy and greater overall well-being.
Tips for Hydration
Use these four simple tips to help ensure you stay hydrated and in optimal health!
1. Make Water Accessible
Most of us are creatures of habit. If something is easy to access, we are more likely to use it. While most of us have easy access to water everywhere we go, having a water bottle that we can refill and drink from makes it even more likely that we will follow through.
Pick a bottle that fits your lifestyle. There are endless options from glass, plastic, or metal, all in a wide array of sizes. There is no one correct solution when it comes to picking a water bottle. Simply pick one that appeals to you, fits your lifestyle, and is easy to refill.
2. Keep Track
In order to ensure that you are following through and drinking enough water, keep track of your daily consumption. You can use a printable worksheet like this one from Blondes and Bagels to color in the glasses and track your daily water consumption. Other online tools, such as Fitbit and My Fitness Pal allow you to track your water intake digitally, which is a convenient option for people always on the go. Choose the method that works best for you, and then follow through with it.
3. Add Some Flavor
If you feel like you need a little more flavor than simply plain water, try some infused water recipes. Pinterest is a great source for infused water recipes and instructions. You can also try making your own recipes. Experiment with cucumbers, lemons, strawberries, pineapple...there are nearly endless combinations. If you are constantly on the move, you can even purchase a water bottle with a core that allows you to infuse your water away from home. Just make sure you leave sugar out of the equation for ultimate hydration!
You can also add specially-designed products that add flavor and act as a bonus nutritional supplement. Our product, Spryng, is a great way to add some extra flavor and energy to your hydration regimen. Spryng harnesses the benefits of multiple products into one power-packed drink. Spryng delivers clean natural energy, may help improve mental focus, support the immune system, and improve physical performance and recovery. Plus, you can choose from Lemon-Lime and Tropical Fusion flavors to delight your taste buds!*
4. Make Spryng a Part of Your Everyday Routine
Staying hydrated isn’t necessarily hard, it just takes a bit of a conscious effort and some discipline. By applying a few easy-to-follow steps, you can absolutely build proper hydration into your daily routine. And you’ll be rewarded with fresher skin, less hunger, more energy, and better digestion!*
Our team at Xyngular is here to support you in living your best life. Our product Spryng is a delicious way to stay hydrated, boost your energy, and improve recovery.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.