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How To Stay Hydrated Besides Drinking Water (+10 Recipes)

How To Stay Hydrated Besides Drinking Water (+10 Recipes)

Dehydration is one of the most overlooked health issues people suffer from today. Most of us are so busy going about our work day that we completely forget to drink enough fluids each day. It’s true that keeping a water bottle with you can increase the chances that you’ll drink more water, but there are other ways to stay hydrated besides drinking water you might like to be aware of. Before we take a look at those, let’s look at a few key signs of dehydration. Because you can’t address a problem until you learn how to spot it, right?

Common Signs of Dehydration:

  • Hungry after eating
  • Dry lips/mouth
  • Bladder pain
  • Anxiety
  • Kidney problems
  • Yellow urine
  • Excessive thirstiness
  • Constipation

These are just some of the most common signs you may not be drinking enough water, and most people don’t realize they need more liquids until they’re way past the point of being dehydrated. So, the best way to stay on top of your hydration needs is to find ways to consume more liquids and water-rich foods throughout the day.

Taking in enough fluids can help lower cortisol in the body, prevent false hunger signals, keep your bladder healthy, ensure your kidneys filter toxins as they should, and your lips should stay moist and supple. You may also notice you have less headaches throughout the day and are more energetic. Your kidneys shouldn’t cause issues for you when you consume enough water, and you may even have a flatter tummy since your body can filter wastes more effectively. Drinking enough water is a great place to start when you want to start hydrating more effectively, but you can also consume more water-rich foods too.

8 ways to increase your water intake throughout the day:

  1. Drink a smoothie for breakfast, and feel free to enjoy coffee. Although coffee is a diuretic, it can also count as a liquid and will hydrate you temporarily. (It may also be necessary for some of us!). Having a smoothie is also a great way to get in some water and fiber from your ingredients. Fiber helps hold water in the body and also uses the water to keep you regular. If you need some ideas, check out these healthy smoothie ideas!
  2. Consume a salad or soup with your lunch. You can turn them into your main meal if you wish, but even if you don’t have a salad or soup as the main star of your meal, at least consume a small side of one of them. Make sure you don’t have a lot of sodium in the soup or in the dressing. Salt depletes the body from water more quickly. Use water rich foods in your salad and soup like squash, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, greens, tomatoes, etc.
  3. Have at least two pieces of fruit per day. Most fruits are 90 percent water and they will help stabilize your electrolytes. They’re also a good source of fiber and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  4. Avoid take-out and processed meals which are packed with sodium and not much water. They dry out the system and can increase levels of dehydration more quickly (not to mention causing bloating).
  5. Eat less sugar and eat more fiber. Sugar can put excessive strain on the kidneys while fiber slows down blood sugar levels and holds water in the body. This one tip may even help you lose a little weight!
  6. Aim to eat produce with every meal. It’s a natural source of water and an easy way to work some into your day.
  7. Drink herbal tea throughout the day if you get tired of water, or have a few cups after dinner or in place of coffee in the morning.
  8. Use an app on your phone to notify you to drink a glass of water every single hour or every hour and a half. You can use your alerts and there are other special apps catered to drinking more water.

You may be surprised at how much better you feel after you incorporate these ways to stay hydrated besides drinking water. But if you are still not sure exactly how to do that, here are some meal ideas you might enjoy incorporating into your day.

10 Hydrating Recipes to Try:

1. Blueberry Chia Oatmeal

    Source: Lauren Kelly Nutrition

    Oatmeal is one of the best foods you can eat in order to prevent hydration because oats help keep you hydrated due to their unique beta-glucan fibers that also soak up cholesterol and excrete it from the body. Try this recipe for Blueberry Chia Oatmeal by Lauren Kelly which also features chia seeds. Chia seeds also help keep you hydrated since they act like grains as they soak and also help hold water in the body.

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    2. The Best Ever Green Smoothie

      Image Source: Iowa Girl Eats

      Smoothies are a fantastic way to consume more liquids throughout the day, but they’re especially helpful to drink at breakfast to ensure you start your day off right. So enjoy the Best Ever Green Smoothie by Iowa Girl Eats with your oatmeal at breakfast. Or, have it for a quick snack on the go!

      3. Pear Ginger Smoothie

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        Source: Pear Ginger Smoothie

        This smoothie acts like a meal since it contains protein and healthy fats along with greens and fruit. So on those mornings you can’t fix a breakfast for yourself, or when you need a quick lunch, make this Pear Ginger Smoothie by Recipe Runner. It features pears and yogurt which are naturally rich in water and can help establish healthy fluid levels. They also make a great smoothie too!

        4. Refreshing Tomato Avocado Salad

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          Source: Hurry the Food Up

          Full of fruits and veggies, this refreshing salad by Hurry the Food Up would make a great addition to any lunch or serve as the perfect bed of nutrition for some lean protein. The ingredients in this salad are full of water, not to mention they are also packed with vitamins and minerals to help keep you feeling great.

          5. Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad

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            Source: Fork, Knife Swoon

            For snacks, have a bowl of fruit such as watermelon which is mostly all water and a few vitamins and antioxidants. Watermelon is one of the best foods to eat in order to increase hydration, plus, it’s pretty fun and delicious to eat too! Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad by Fork Knife Swoon would also make a great dessert or addition to any meal. Berries are a great source of fiber that will also help keep you regular and reduce your risk of heart disease.

            6. Zucchini Summer Soup

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              Source: Primavera Kitchen

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              Soup doesn’t sound appealing to most of us during the warmer months, but a summer soup can be a great way to take in more water and it can also be delicious too. Try this Zucchini Summer Soup by Primavera Kitchen which is not only filled with hydrating ingredients but also free of added sodium so it won’t cause dehydration.

              7. Greek Yogurt Power Bowl

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                Source: Nutritious Kitchen

                Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and it’s full of water and probiotics. Fruits and chia seeds included in this bowl also help supply the body with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fiber. These benefits help you establish not only lean and healthy muscles and a healthy digestive tract, but it will also support your body’s natural hydration levels. Get the recipe here from Nutritious Kitchen.

                8. Coconut Mango Overnight Oats

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                  Source: The Busy Baker

                  Mango is a great source of water and Vitamin C, and it’s a natural way to increase your water intake through your meals. Other water-rich fruits you can enjoy with oatmeal are melons, pineapple, apples, and pears. Pair a few of your favorite fruits together with some oats, chia, yogurt, and soak them overnight for a quick porridge. Here’s a great recipe to start with from The Busy Baker.

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                  9. Berry Avocado Salad With Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing

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                    Source: The Recipe Critic

                    This refreshing salad recipe is a fantastic option to enjoy at lunch with your favorite source of protein or as a light lunch. It’s filled with water-rich greens, fibrous berries, and avocado which is a great source of water and potassium plus fiber too. Potassium found in fruits and vegetables is one of the most important minerals to combat excessive water weight, but it’s also one that helps ensure you stay hydrated too.

                    10. Vegan Creamy Zucchini Soup

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                      Source: Avocado Pesto

                      This summertime soup is not only comforting and nourishing but also filled with one of the most hydrating types of produce you can eat: zucchini! Zucchini is packed with water along with Vitamin C and fiber so it’s a great ingredient to include in meals wherever you can. When blended, it also turns into a scrumptious, creamy soup that helps keep you satisfied. Check out this vegan and gluten-free recipe from Avocado Pesto and whip up a batch soon!

                      By incorporating these tips and recipes into each day, you’ll be more hydrated in no time. However, if you still need some motivation to consume more liquids and water-rich foods throughout the day, check out these 10 reasons you should be drinking more water. Now, grab some H2O and get started!

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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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