How to Stay Hydrated this Summer to Glow From the Inside Out

By: Mariam AbdelRazek

I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of dehydration this Ramadan, the summer doesn’t look any more promising either. Temperatures are getting higher than ever and while this might be perfect for our long-awaited tans, it’s not the best for our bodies. If there’s any way we’re going to survive this summer, it’s by staying hydrated. So, here’s a few tips for staying hydrated throughout the day that’ll definitely come in handy (you’ll thank me in a couple of weeks).

1.Water water water

Needless to say, staying hydrated is all about water. You should always have a reusable water bottle with you at all times – just like your phone – preferably a glass or stainless steel one; stainless steel is much more practical, though. Stay away from plastic, please! First of all, we don’t want to burden our lovely planet with more toxic, non-decayable and none recyclable plastic. Second of all, in this scorching heat chemicals in plastic bottles often react with water and you’ll end up drinking water that is filled with chemicals – that are most probably toxic – and we don’t want that to happen now, do we? Now that I’m done with my biology lesson, we can move on to the next tip…

2. Set an Alarm!

We all get distracted throughout the day and drinking water becomes the last thing on our minds. Drinking water is a must every hour or so, you don’t have to wait till you’re thirsty to drink. Setting an alarm on your phone that reminds you to drink water every couple of hours will definitely help you do that. Also, you can always download an application that reminds you to stay hydrated – the internet is filled with them – just chose the one that suits you the most. The app that I use is called “Drink Water Reminder: Water Tracker & Alarm” and it’s pretty nice. If you don’t want the headache caused by alarms, you can always write your reminders on sticky notes! They’re just as helpful as an alarm and less noisy.

3. Eat your way to hydration

When it comes to hydration, fruits are your bestfriend. The important thing is that the fruit your eating has high water content like watermelons, strawberry, grapefruit, cantaloupe and peaches. If you’re not much of a fruit person, salad is your go-to! A combination of freshly cut cucumbers and tomatoes should do the trick (Just cut large slices to perfserve the water inside them)

4. Smoothies!

What’s better than smoothies in the summer? They’re fresh, they taste like heaven, their colors are amazing and they’re hydrating. Could anything get any more perfect? Honestly, smoothies are a gift from God to humanity. Just put your favorite fruits in the blender (it’d be better if the fruits were frozen beforehand), add some ice, mix them together and ta-da…your smoothie is ready!

5. Tea? Absolutely!

Contrary to what people think, tea does NOT dehydrate your body, quite the opposite actually, it’s just as hydrating as water. It also helps your body get rid of deoxidants, has less caffeine than coffee and helps with weight loss. It’s just beneficial in every single way. Same applies to coffee but, it has way too much caffeine and it’s less hydrating than tea – but still hydrating, though.

6. Enough sugars

I don’t want to be mean; I know we all adore sugar and honestly, who can blame us? It tastes heavenly. However, it quickly lifts your energy and hydration levels. How is that bad? Your energy and hydration levels drop twice as fast. Yeah, sugars are not the smartest choice when it comes to hydration except if you compensate with a ton of water.

That’s everything you need to know about staying hydrated. I have to go now before I fail my exams.

Stay hydrated,

Mariam

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