Monday, August 9, 2010

Staying Hydrated

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Whether it is the middle of the summer, with the temperatures spiking to stratospheric heights, or the dead of winter, our bodies need to stay hydrated to operate efficiently. I am the first to admit that I do a lousy job of reaching the daily intake recommended by the experts. However, on days when I am a good guzzler, several things seem to happen to my body. No, I'm not talking about extra trips to the bathroom. Instead, I tend to crave healthier foods, and am satisfied with smaller portion sizes. Also, my energy level goes through the roof, which is great for productivity but drives my family nuts at times.

When I consistently drink my daily allowance across several weeks, miraculous things tend to happen. First, I lose weight, which of course is helped by the smaller meal portions and random bursts of energy, which lead to even more random sets of push-ups an sit-ups in the middle of the family room floor. Seriously. That is where the "drive the family nuts" part comes in. Second, my hair becomes glossy and my skin smooth as silk. That is when I like to pretend I am sixteen again. I stop just short of singing along to the radio, using my hairbrush as a microphone. Come on, you all did it at one time, too.

So, what is the best way to stay hydrated? Each person seems to do this a little differently. More often than not, I am a plain water kind of girl. When my friend and I head out for our runs several mornings each week, I strap a bottle of good ol' H2O around my waist. As we increase our mileage, however, some energy drink powder usually finds it way into the bottle.


When I am not running, I like to mix things up a bit. Sometimes you will find my glass filled with plain water, while other times I like to squeeze a little lime into a glass of sparkling water. If I am really feeling adventurous, a pitcher of water will be dressed up with slices of cucumber, chunks of fresh citrus fruits, or a package or two of Crystal Light. However it happens, I am bound and determined to keep myself hydrated. Feeling sixteen again definitely has its perks.



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48 comments:

Kim said...

I always have water and juice handy for my boys and my family. We all love cold water so I have a pitcher in there that is easy for my little boys to pour.
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Nicole said...

My favorite way to stay hydrated is to carry around a water bottle with lemon or lime in it.

Amy Sherman said...

I make "spa water" combining slices of cucumbers, lemons and sometimes sprigs of mint with tap water. Keep it in the fridge and replace it daily.

Asha @ FSK said...

Water is my best bud! :)
asha@forkspoonnknife.com

Asha @ FSK said...

Retweeted as well! :)

Barbara Bakes said...

I tweeted your giveaway.

domecfam said...

We carry a nalgene around with us! My 2 year old, for some reason, calls water "la." It's cute.

JudyR said...

I am always carrying around my water bottle with me. Most of the time its filled with lemons and water.

Mami2jcn said...

I like to drink flavored water.

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Mami2jcn said...

I like to drink bottles of flavored water from the fridge.

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Pam said...

I really have to work at it. I have to put it on my "to do" list to remind myself to drink, drink, drink. So important and when I don't it takes a few days to catch up in this heat.

meeyeehere said...

tasty cold popsicles and flavored waters are how I keep hydrated in this heat!
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meeyeehere said...

http://twitter.com/meeyeehere/status/20897240388
I tweeted too

quitecontrary1977 said...

I make a pitcher of iced rosemary tea. So refreshing when its hot out!
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sy said...

thanks for sharing your experience. i sip on water throughout the day, i like to put lemon in water too, but usually too lazy to cut any.

sy said...

i tweeted https://twitter.com/syytta/status/20936879919

JC said...

Drink a ton of water and eat fruit!

JC said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/20987087203

JC said...

blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/08/giveaway-points-of-review_2763.html

Jenny B said...

I like really really ice cold water!
Jenny B

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megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

I set myself a water goal while at work - finish 2 water bottles by the end of the day

SusanB said...

I have a two tall reusable water bottles that I fill up at night. One goes in the fridge, the other in the freezer. In the morning I take them both with me to work. When one's finished, the frozen one is icy cold. If I'm in the mood for a change, these same bottles are great for the individual serve Crystal Light on the go packets. I keep a stash of those in my desk when I want a little flavor.

Shel said...

The doctor is on me all the time to drink more water, I'm not a fan of it plain though. I keep a pitcher in the fridge with water and sliced lemons and I'll pour myself a large glass in the morning. Drinking it with a straw makes it go down faster for me. My rule is nothing else to drink until I've had my first glass of water in the morning. I also pack a bottle to take to work with me in the evening.

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Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/21191304790

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Emily N. said...

I like to drink different things throughout the day like iced green tea, water with lemon, or water with splash of juice so I don't get bored with just plain water. I also keep my stainless steel water bottle with me when I leave the house.

ledamewood said...

My husband and I buy bottled water by the case and we always have a bottle by our side. I drink at least 4 bottles a day - 2 plain, 2 flavored.

Ashley said...

I love sparkling water with lime or iced green tea with a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of lemon.

lighttraveler said...

I love having Crystal Light Pure fitness with me, so I can have something to hydrate me.

Small Footprints said...

We always carry a water bottle with us (stainless steel, reusable) - that helps us to stay hydrated when we're out and about. At home, I almost always have a glass if iced tea by my side. A member of my family has suffered from heat exhaustion so we're very conscious of staying hydrated.

Charming's Auntie said...

I tend to drink just plain old water. However I do have a supply of Crystal Light packets in my desk at work to change it up once in awhile.

Amy said...

I stay hydrated by drinking half my body weight in ounces of water per day. Now, I can't do all that with plain water. I flavor with Crystal Light...esp pink lemonadge.

Henria O. said...

Our family of four loves to drink water with ice. Even my eight month old takes it in her bottle!

slehan said...

I just always have my water bottle by my side. I like it plain. Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

http://twitter.com/slehan/status/21857579964

ellie said...

A big glass of water or sweet tea with lots of ice is my favorite way.
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~dab said...

I drink a ton of water every day! It has to be cold though, the colder the better.

~dab said...

tweet http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/22547945022

Anonymous said...

I could be flip and say gin & tonic. But, seriously, I filter my own water to save money and to save the planet.

I could use a better system to stay hydrated though. Need to think of regularly downing water.

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Anonymous said...

Tweeted the contest at:
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Deb said...

I always have a water bottle with me, and I belong to our water club at work, so I don’t have a problem staying hydrated. I haven’t tried Crystal Light, but I think I might try those packets to change things up a bit!

Deb said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/22555930174

EMAIL ewalsh40@gmail.com said...

Just plain ice water with lemon for me. I used to drink tons of tea and coffee which really just defeated the purpose.

Just call me b said...

I keep a glass of ice water close by. It helps remind me to drink!

susan1215 said...

I always take a bottle of water with me when I go out to stay hydrated

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susan1215 said...

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susan1215 said...

I always have a bottle of water with me when I go out. I just like it plain.

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susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/22660555264

Anonymous said...

I drink water with lemons in it....yum!! kayjus33@yahoo.com