The 411: Michael’s Hydration Game

Hydration is important all year long, but during the warmer months, it’s even more crucial that you stay hydrated. Whether you’re hitting the gym, taking a hike, or just running from meeting to meeting, the heat takes it out of you and being dehydrated can affect everything from your skin to your digestion to your brain (brain fog is a real thing, people). And I have to do something to combat the dehydrating effects of my morning iced coffees and my weekend margaritas. Here are my go-to’s:

Water-rich foods: Watermelon, stone fruits, and cucumbers all have high-water content and don’t make you feel bloated, so I tend to snack on these goodies pre- and post-workout. I also take fruits and vegetables, along with coconut water (another great hydrator) and make fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. Throwing some cut up fruit into water, too, is another way to boost hydration.

Good old-fashioned water: I drink about two liters of water per day and I like Aquahydrate Purified Water with electrolytes. Having a cool bottle helps make water consumption a lot more enjoyable for me  so I go back and forth between a CamelBak Chute (which holds one liter) and this Lifefactory Lake Glass bottle with flip cap.

Watermelon Water: When drinking straight water gets a little boring I drink WTRMLN WTR (Watermelon Water). Great hydration with lots of flavor and less sugar.

Bragg apple cider vinegar: Considered a “super liquid,” the benefits of apple cider vinegar go way beyond keeping your potassium levels up: it can increase energy, lower cholesterol, improve heart health, and support fat burn and weight loss.

Milk: We all know it does a body good, but did you also know that milk is better for getting your body hydrated (and rehydrated) than water?

Herbal tea: It’s not just for old ladies anymore! I like a cup of chamomile tea before bed: It gives a nice, relaxing extra blast of hydration at the end of a long day.

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