Want to be able to manage stress in an effective way that doesn’t leave you feeling deprived and have more energy?
Stay hydrated of course!
I know you have heard it - BUT it is a black and white fact that staying hydrated is key to maintaining our energy levels throughout the day.
Drinking enough water, which can include many other forms of hydrating beverages like coconut water, herbal tea - hot or cold, sparkling water, can help keep our body function at its optimal level.
Here's the thing, our body depends on water to perform essential functions - functions that when they are not optimal have us feeling sluggish, low energy, brain foggy. This is because some of the most important functions that our body carries out and depends on water for are things like regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients and oxygen, and helping our muscles and joints work smoothly.
When we become dehydrated, some of us notice a drop in our energy levels. This can manifest as feelings of lethargy, difficulty concentrating, and increased fatigue. In contrast, when we drink enough water, our body is able to function efficiently, allowing us to feel more alert and energized.
So, if you want to have more energy throughout the day, make sure to prioritize staying hydrated.
Is drinking water a toughy?
TRY THESE 3 IDEAS TO CHANGE IT UP & BEAT THE STRESS!
It can actually be difficult for me too. One easy way that I stay on top of my hydration need is to make water my go-to beverage of choice throughout the day. I view soda as a once in a while treat, not a standard drink that I have throughout my day. One way I keep variety in my water is by infusing my water with either fresh fruits, like strawberries or orange slices or herbs, like mint leaves, for some added flavor. Another option for flavoring my water is to use herbal teas like hibiscus tea. I don’t brew them, I just put it into my water as is.
Eat your hydration!
A second way that I like to help me stay hydrated is to incorporate hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumbers into my diet to help boost my hydration levels. And I love a hot tea with my dinner. There’s another cup of hydration I can add to the count!
To keep me motivated with #hydrationgoals I have to keep it fun! One way I do this is by accessorizing my day with a cute water bottle or cup. One that will match my vibe for the day.
I have a really pretty glass water bottle for my more executive vibe, a sporty yellow one with stickers on it for a fun sportier vibe and I have an orange “dreamsicle” colored cup with with a lid and a straw and one red one, which has the branding of one of my favorite tv shows! All of those are metal.
There is so much fun variety in cups and water bottles these days that you really can start a whole collection of them, including branded ones of your favorite shows, movies, sports, music and other artists! Hydrating is not negotiable, might as well have fun with it!
Ok, here are a few other facts about water and why staying hydrated
can help you manage stress like a champion.
Your body is 60-70% water and that is why your body is so dependent on having it everyday.
We lose water through so many ways, including effortlessly. We lose water from our body in our sleep! If your stressors have you angry or feeling sad, you're likely also crying - that is water loss too!
Staying hydrated can help improve focus and boost cognitive function.
Dehydration can cause a range of health problems, including headaches, constipation, and low blood pressure, so it's important to stay hydrated throughout the day.
The general recommendation for how much water to drink is 2-3 liters per day.
Want to lose weight? Drink 3-4 liters and watch your body shed weight! This works because water helps us to feel full so we eat less, it flushes out toxins and waste from our system that is holding on to bloat, and sometimes our
hunger pains are mistaken for a need for food when actually what we need is water, so we eat less this way too.
To summarize, drinking enough water throughout the day can increase energy, clear brain fog, and even help battle stress. When you're dehydrated, your body tends to feel sluggish and tired, which can make it harder to focus, get work done, and can cause stress in our body to escalate and spiral. Dehydration can also cause your brain to feel foggy and make it
difficult to think clearly, which can only magnify the stress in your body. Stay hydrated! It can help you conquer your day with more energy, alertness, and focus, while also helping you battle the stress.
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