Summer is around the corner and the temperatures will start to rise. This makes it important to ensure we are drinking enough water. If you enjoy plain water great, drink up!
However, some of us may not enjoy the flavor or may not experience thirst (commonly happens as we age) to keep us hydrated. Common signs and symptoms of inadequate hydration or dehydration include dry mouth, less frequent urination, dark urine, dizziness or confusion.
Below are ideas to spruce up your water and stay well hydrated during these warmer months.
Add fresh fruit
Classic: lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit.
Something new: muddle raspberries or blackberries.
Splash of juice
Small amounts of tart juice pomegranate, cranberry or grape. Look for 100% juice with no added sugars.
Try a few springs of fresh mint, sliced cucumber or ginger.
Make it sparkling (for those who prefer carbonation)
La Croix, Bubly, Spindrift, Perrier and Hint are few popular carbonated beverages with numerous flavor varieties.
Or invest in an at home sparkling water machine like SodaStream or Drinkmate.
Add variety with ice cubes
Use unique ice cube shapes like stars, circles or hearts.
You can also try adding herbs, fresh fruit or juice to ice cube trays.
Powdered or liquid drink mix
Look for brands that are made without artificial sweetener or stevia (derived from the stevia plant).
Powdered mix: Crystal Light Pure, Stur.
Liquid mix: Stur, SweetLeaf Water Drops, Bai.
By Allie Coulter, PRO Medical Registered Dietitian
PRO Medical’s Registered Dietitians provide personalized meal plans and education to support you in making realistic lifestyle changes and in achieving your individual goals. We have experts in a variety of areas and provide support for adults, pediatrics and families.