7 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Just Drinking More Water)
By: Molly Apel
July 16, 2020
- It’s hard to drink enough water in the hot summer days, but how can you tell if you’re dehydrated?
- Take this quick and easy test to determine whether your body is hydrated enough to perform at its best.
- Below, you’ll find refreshing ways to upgrade plain water. And for those times when you want targeted benefits for beauty, gut and joint health, add a scoop of delicious Collagen Protein Boosts.
You know hydration is important. When it’s hot and you’re active, it can be hard to fill your water bottle fast enough to keep up with your hydration needs. Besides, drinking that much plain water gets boring — but sports drinks can be full of added sugar. What are other ways to stay hydrated?
Here are some tips that make it easy to hit your hydration goals throughout the day by bolstering your water intake with foods and delicious drinks.
How do you know if you’re dehydrated?
Your body needs water to keep blood and lymph flowing and maintain mucous membranes throughout your digestive tract. But your summer schedule is full of activities that cause hydration to escape through your skin faster than you realize, such as working out or just enjoying yourself in the sun.
If you’re in the sun too long, not drinking enough water and absorbing more heat than your body can dissipate, your core body temperature will rise to an unhealthy level. When this happens, you may struggle to hydrate quickly enough. This puts you at risk of developing heat stroke, with symptoms like headaches, sluggishness and even passing out.
If you know you’ll be out in the sun, especially if you’ll be exercising, make sure you plan to bring water. Aim for about 9 cups of liquid per day for women, and 13 cups of liquid per day for men.
That number doesn’t account for the additional dehydration you experience in the summer heat. Drink lots of water while you’re out, and keep hydrating when you get home.
Try this dehydration test
Your body might make it obvious with signs like a dry mouth, muscle cramps and a dark color of your urine. If not, here’s a fast and simple test that triage nurses and doctors use to assess a patient’s level of hydration.
Gently pinch a fold of skin on the back of your hand between your thumb and forefinger. After a few seconds, release the skin. It should quickly flatten again. If this takes longer than it would when you know you’ve been drinking enough water, you’re dehydrated.
This test determines something called “skin turgor.” Turgor describes how full of water your skin cells are. Our skin contains approximately 30% water, and it’s what gives skin its plumpness, elasticity and resiliency.
If your skin is not responding quickly, it’s missing enough water to keep it protected and healthy.
How can you get hydrated, besides drinking more water?
Of course, you can always drink another glass of water. But for some people, it’s difficult to chug a lot of plain water throughout the day. What can you do?
We already get a lot of the water we need from our food, so one way to boost hydration is to eat more foods high in water content. It’s estimated that about 22% of the water we ingest comes from our food.
These are just a few examples of delicious foods that have a higher water content:
- Fruit: Watermelon, citrus, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers
- Vegetables: Cucumber, celery, spinach, lettuce, zucchini, cauliflower
- Dairy: Milk and yogurt
- Bone broth
When you want to enjoy a glass of water that tastes amazing and has extra benefits, pull Collagen Protein Boosts from your cupboard. Add a scoop to your water for the much-needed nutrients that support skin, gut and joint health in three fruity flavors: Berry Lemonade, Orange Vanilla or Blueberry Acai.
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7 delicious, hydrating water-alternative recipes
Here are some recipes that are not only satisfying for a hot summer day — they’ll also hydrate your body, recharge your system and help your body repair the damage of dehydration.
It’s crazy how cauliflower can add a flavorless creaminess to a smoothie that feels as satisfying as dairy. Liquid stevia smoothes out the sweetness. The antioxidant goodness of fresh berries, as well as the benefits of Collagen Protein powder and Brain Octane MCT oil, make this as yummy as it is nutritious.
The satisfying, thick creaminess of this whip is halfway between a slushie and a smoothie. It gets its zesty, naturally sweet flavor from three simple ingredients — pineapple, coconut milk and lime.
This one is so thick and chunky, it’s best enjoyed in a bowl. Coconut milk, cacao, stevia and ice give this the texture of ice cream without the dairy. Add chunks of strawberry and flakes of coconut for more satisfying spoonfuls. For a skin boost with your hydrating smoothie bowl, sprinkle in some collagen peptides.
The color tells you it’s healthy, but the flavor will feel like you’re indulging. With green vegetables, cucumber and ice, you’ll get all the hydration you need, plus collagen peptides and MCT oil.
To keep from overheating when you’re dehydrated, sip this warm rather than scalding hot. The flavor will be just as rich, and of course it will be just as nutritious. Collagen contains the amino acid building blocks for skin repair. Bone broth pulls the collagen from the marrow, and this recipe boosts that power with a dose of Collagen Protein.
Again, try this recipe when you need a smoothie alternative. It’s just as good warm as it is hot. The richness of ingredients like onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme are highlighted by cardamom and ginger. But the nutritious punch comes from the collagen in pasture-raised beef marrow bones.
If you just can’t get enough of the smoothies, these recipes are satisfyingly sweet without the dairy or sugar. Instead, they satisfy with quality fat and fiber. Choose a boost of nutrients from avocado, green tea, blueberries, turmeric, Chocolate Collagen Protein or Brain Octane MCT oil.
It’s hard to drink enough water in the summer heat, but when you add these hydrating recipes to your rotation, you’ll stay feeling great all season long.
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