5 Easy Ways To Drink More Water and Stay Hydrated!

Summer is here folks! The weather is starting to heat up and we need to make sure we’re staying hydrated so we won’t pass out!

If you don’t like drinking water or need to increase your water intake, check out these helpful tips to get you on track!

1. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

You can keep your body hydrated by consuming fruits and veggies that contain 85 percent or more water. Even though fruits are great sources of water, they’re also high in sugar and can have unwanted calories if you eat too many.

Veggies with high water content:

-cucumber

-celery

-radishes

-tomatoes

-cauliflower

-spinach

-broccoli

Fruits with high water content (eat in moderation)

-watermelon

-strawberries

-oranges

-grapefruit

-kiwi

-cantaloupe

Here is a list of more fruits and veggies with high water content:

Fruits/Veggies With High Water Content

2. Limit Alcohol Intake

The more alcohol you ingest, the more your body will become dehydrated. When you consume alcohol, urination occurs more frequently. This causes the body to lose more fluid which in turn causes dehydration. If you decide to drink alcohol, make sure to drink water in between your alcoholic beverages.

3. Add Flavor!

To make your water more enjoyable, squeeze lemon and/or lime juice into your water. It gives it a much more pleasant taste! Citrus fruits not only make your water taste better, it also a good source of vitamin C, improves skin quality, freshens breathe, and aids in digestion!

4. Dilute Your Drinks

If you can’t resist the urge and have to drink juice or a sugary beverage, water it down a bit by adding water to your drink! Try going for a half water, half juice ratio so you can still taste the sweetness but can also have the dose of water that your body needs.

5. Track Your Water Intake

If you have a hard time drinking water, try using an app to remind you when to drink your recommended cups of H2O!

Apple Daily Water App

Droid Daily Water App

I hope these tips help you get more water intake! Good luck with your water journey!

Sources:

How To Drink More Water

Ways To Hydrate Without Drinking Water

5 Remedies for Seasonal Allergies!

1.Nettle Tea and Peppermint Tea

The nettle leaf helps with seasonal allergies and peppermint helps reduce those stubborn histamines that may be causing you discomfort.

Directions:

Brew the nettle and peppermint tea together for about 5 minutes. Add honey and/or lemon to taste. Drink 2 times a day to relieve your allergies.

Nettle Tea

Peppermint Tea

2. Bee Pollen

Consuming bee pollen starting with small amounts and increasing the dosage everyday will help to build up your immune system. But before you try this method, make sure that you are not anaphylactic or have any allergies to bees! The trick is to make sure you consume bee pollen that is local to your area or chances are you may not experience the allergy relief. The pollen comes in granules, capsules, and powder.

Directions:

I know at this point it may be a little late, but it is recommended that you take the pollen 5 months before your allergies flare.

Start with 1 or 2 granules and the next day increase the dosage by 1 granule. Continue this until you feel confident that you will not have a reaction. If you experience no adverse reaction, you can take up to 1 tablespoon daily throughout allergy season.

Bee Pollen

3. Citrus Drink

Drinking a citrus drink can help provide you with Vitamin C and help with strengthening your immune system.

Directions:

Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon and 2 oranges and chill for a few hours. Stir in some honey for sweetness and drink on a daily basis.

4. Red Onion Water

Onions contain a compound called quercetin, which reduces the amount of histamines that are produced by the body, so therefore reduces allergy symptoms.

Directions:

Thinly slice 1 red onion and add to 4 cups of water. Let it sit for 8-12 hours and drink 1-2 times a day. Add a bit of honey to each glass that you drink to make the taste more pleasant.

5. Apple and Walnut Trail Mix

Walnuts contain magnesium which reduces with wheezing and coughing and Vitamin E which can boost your immunity. Apples also consist of quercetin which has the property of reducing the production of histamine.

Directions:

Chop 1/2 to 1 cup of walnuts and cut 1 apple into medium to small chunks. Add both to a plastic bag, mix it up, and enjoy!

Hope this helps you during this allergy season!

Sources: Remedies for Seasonal Allergies