One way of making sure you get enough water in throughout the day is to work by dividing your day into segments based on your lifestyle! Our Registered Associate Nutritionist, Paula is sharing some of her top tips for staying hydrated throughout the day by working off a schedule! 🙂
1. Hydrate First thing in the morning
Sleeping can be dehydrating, so proper hydration first thing in the morning is really important! Try adding lemons, fresh ginger, mint or any other combinations of fruits and herbs for infused waters if you aren’t a fan of plain water! If you don’t want cold water first thing in the morning- I recommend drinking something warm or hot in the morning to stimulate digestion and bowel movements (hello, happy belly) followed by drinking more water or tea…. 🙂
2. Between your meals
Think of the space in between meals as being your “hydration times”. It’s an easy way to remember to stop the unnecessary snacking and ensuring you stay on top of your hydration throughout the day. The key is to make it feel like you’re treating yourself throughout the day with a variety of healthy liquids!
You know that mid-day energy slump? It may not only be that you’re eating too many processed sugars or too few healthy fats and protein at lunch, but it may just be that you are dehydrated and need a bit of a hydration fix! So make sure to drink up between meals!
3. After your workout
If you workout or do some sort of activity in the day- whether that’s the gym or a fitness class, then make sure you hydrate throughout the class and also afterwards! You sweat a lot when you workout and if you don’t replenish that water loss you can cause damage to your fitness goals but also risk fatigue and serious dehydration!
4. In the evening
Drinking tea is nice throughout the day, but especially at night! It helps me unwind after a long and intense day at work but also tricks my mind into knowing that it’s almost bedtime! Not all tea is the same, however! You don’t want to have a massive jolt of caffeine in the evening, so look for herbal teas that don’t contain caffeine; some of my favourites are just plain hot water with lemon, peppermint or chamomile! 🙂 If you’re not a hot drink fan- make sure to sip on some water before going to bed! It will ensure you don’t get as dehydrated throughout your night’s sleep than you would if you went to bed with no liquids in you! 🙂 Although the first few nights you may notice you may need to use the loo a bit more, your body will get used to it eventually and it will thank you! 🙂