Of course we aren’t surprised that summer time along with the activities that go along with it such as; mowing the lawn, pulling and raking up weeds, sports and many times just being out in the sun doing nothing can cause dehydration.
I’m going to start with the fun way to stay hydrated (at least in my opinion). Many people know and are usually reminded quite consistently to drink anywhere from 6 to 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. You see it on the news, or your mom might be reminding you every time you call her, or your doctor will tell you. So as we should already know, drinking water is pretty general knowledge. However there are ways to make it fun if you don’t know already.
This is something you have to pay attention to when you are preparing but nonetheless if you do it right you’ll have a couple yummy drinks you can count on. This is called frozen lemonade and it’s sugar free. What you will need first is the lemons (of course) and it doesn’t matter if you use real lemons or the lemon juice in the bottle. Next you should invest in Stevia. It seems expensive but you only use drops and it lasts a very long time.
Now I’m assuming since you know that you should drink water that you will want to drink the best water for you. So with that being said, you should use bottled water. Find the store that has a special on it if your budget is tight. I highly recommend reverse osmosis water which you can find in most grocery stores. You’ll have to look on the bottle and make sure it says reverse osmosis.
You can either buy the 24 pack bottles (or other quantities) or you can buy a 5 gallon bottle and invest in a machine that holds the water and keeps it cold. These machines are nice, especially if you own it because it will pay for itself eventually and then you only have to buy the water which can be anywhere from 3.00 to 6.00 depending on where you go. Our local Kroger’s sells it for less than our local Culligan, for example. Now, whether you buy the 5 gallon or the 20 oz bottles, it doesn’t matter, but you’ll need at least a few bottles to refill.
All you do is fill it up with water, or drink some out if it’s already full so that you end up with the bottle being a little over ¾ full. Then, you can put 3 drops of stevia and two or three teaspoons of lemon juice. This can all be adjusted if it’s too strong with either the Stevia or the Lemon after you try it out a couple times. You can always add a little water the first time if it’s too strong. After you do that just shake it up and put it in the freezer.
It’s up to you how frozen you want it. I usually leave it in for about ½ hour, then I take it out put it on the counter, on its side and hit it lightly with a small hammer to break it up. Keep checking on it while it’s in there so it doesn’t get too frozen, but if it does, you may have to put it in the fridge or leave it sit out for a bit until you can break it up. So that is my advice on some good water that is flavored and calorie free. You don’t have to freeze it either. You can just refrigerate it and drink it very cold or if you like drink it at room temperature.
If you have a pretty good budget you can also buy flavored water at about any drug store or grocery store. If you have an excellent budget, you can also find many varieties at health food stores.
What you should do is stay away from pop but if you do drink pop, please know that pop and coffee can dehydrate you even more so if you do this, then you should drink more water. What I do is drink 1 extra glass of water for every pop I have.
Another thing you should know is when they say drink a glass of water they are talking about an 8oz glass, so it’s really not as much as you think.
My sister drinks her water at room temperature because she absolutely does not like water and having it at room temperature helps her drink it more quickly. I’m a lot different from her, because as you’ve read from above I like to make it a treat.
Herbal teas can make great iced teas and you can also flavor them with lemon too. Try to stay away from caffeine so look for decaffeinated teas.
I have learned most of the important things from my Dr. in my home town, while I was pregnant. I had high blood pressure and was on bed rest with my twins, so I had to make sure I was drinking plenty of fluids. She is also the one who told me that caffeine is a diuretic which can cause you to become dehydrated. That is why it’s best to stay away from most pops and coffee.
Whatever you do, ask your own doctor for scoops on all of this. They will tell you what is best for your body. Some insurance companies for medical coverage also have nurses you can call to get advice from. They want you to stay well!
Lastly, another tip I got from my doctor is, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help keep you hydrated, as they have natural juices in them. You can also drink fruit and vegetable juices or better yet get a juicer and make your own.