A whopping 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated – but, no matter the cause, there are simple ways to maintain healthy hydration levels, whether recovering from an illness, exercising outside on a hot day or having one to many drinks during a Zoom happy hour.
We’ve compiled a few tips for staying hydrated…and healthy!
Non-caffeinated herbal teas, fresh fruit juices, and sparkling water are great choices. Soups and broths work will well. Take small sips once every 30 minutes or and aim for up to 10 glasses or cups of liquids a way.
Electrolyte drinks or powders
Drinks and powders with high levels of electrolytes like Kinderlyte that meet the World Health Organization’s requirements can help relieve symptoms associated with virus-related mild to moderate dehydration in both adults and kids.
These oral electrolyte solutions are designed specifically for rehydration with the optimal balance of glucose and electrolytes.
They are a better choice than sodas and drinks with a lot of sugar like sports drinks which can further irritate the stomach because of their high sugar content.
Load up on potassium
Potassium-rich foods and beverages can help bring water into our cells for hydration: bananas, potatoes, and avocado are all great ways to boost potassium levels.
We all know it, but a reminder never hurts. We need eight glasses, or take your weight in pounds and divide it in half and that will give you your daily ounces requirement (if you weigh 150 pounds, then that’s 75 ounces; and there are 8 ounces in a cup, so you need between nine and ten cups daily). If water feels boring, add a slice of lemon, orange or mint for flavor.
Incorporate more fresh veggies and fruits
It’s not news that eating fruits and vegetables are great for getting vital nutrients, but they also help us stay hydrated. Water rich fruits like watermelon, celery and mushrooms are hydrating and can support the immune system. Homemade juices and smoothies are a great way to get more vegetables into yours or your children’s diet.