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4 Ways to Sneak Hydration Into Your Day

In the sweltering summer heat, staying hydrated is more important than ever. But since water can get boring quickly, try these tastier ways to add more H2O to your routine.

It’s hot. You’re thirsty. But another glass of boring water is the last thing that sounds appetizing right now. What’s a girl—or a boy—to do?

Some experts say we need eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Some say that we need half our body weight. Meaning, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces each day. Either way, you’re probably not drinking enough. If you workout on a regular basis, you need even more than that. But let’s admit it: Water is boring.

If you’re looking for ways to jazz up your water or even get that all-important hydration into your body in other ways, consider the following:

1. Dress up your ice cubes. When you next freeze a tray of ice cubes, drop a raspberry in each little square with the water. Maybe a mint leaf or a slice of lemon. As the ice cubes melt in your water, you’ll get a faint new flavor with each sip.

2. Grab a piece of fruit. Did you know that an aptly named watermelon is 92 percent water by weight? The rest is natural sugar, fiber and vitamin C. A slice of watermelon after a workout or as an afternoon snack will add some much needed hydration—and crunch—to your day.

3. Nosh on some vegetables. If the sweet taste of fruit isn’t appealing to you, there are many vegetables with high water content as well. Celery, cucumber, iceberg lettuce and even tomatoes provide a drink of water with each bite.

4. Try a water enhancer. Look on the juice aisle of your grocery store for water enhancers. Companies like Ocean Spray, Mio and Crystal Light all make them now. Open a packet and add it to 16 ounces of water. Most come in at only around 5 calories. The lemonade flavor always takes me back to childhood in my grandparents’ backyard. Delicious.

Now you have no excuses. And neither do I. Proper hydration—especially during the heat of summer or when we’re working out—is vital to our health. So drink up!

 

Whole Living magazine April 2012

Conserving Water May Be Simpler Than You Think

Whole Living magazine April 2012Whole Living magazine says the average American household uses 350 gallons of water per day. But fear not–they’re also offering up 50 simple ways to reduce that number.

My beautiful city, Austin, Texas, is in the middle of a pretty rough drought. Sure, we’ve had a couple of great (and stormy) rain showers this year but not quite enough to make up for the deficit we’re feeling. The City government has implemented a mandatory watering schedule for residents to try to conserve water, and I’ve been trying to do a few things around the house to do my part as well.

I don’t let the water run freely while I brush my teeth, and I make sure the dishwasher is totally full before I run it. And I thought I was doing well! But when my April issue of Whole Living magazine showed up in the mail with the feature “50 Ways to Save Water,” I knew immediately that I could do more. Here are three of my favorite ideas from the list of 50:

Tip No. 7: Use a water-conscious car wash. Washing your car in your own driveway can use 60 gallons of water or more in a mere five minutes. Visit washwithwatersavers.com to find a certified car wash in your area that uses 40 gallons or less per car and then pumps clean water back into the environment.

Tip No. 24: Landscape with native plants. My guess is that the plants native to the Seattle area wouldn’t stand a chance during the hot, dry summer that we’re about to face in Texas. But plants that have survived for generations in the Texas heat can probably handle it–even thrive in it–requiring less watering and maintenance along the way.

Tip No. 41. Shorten your shower. By shortening your shower time by just one minute, you’ll save 2.5 gallons of water. And those minutes add up! If you shower every day–and I hope you do–you’ll save more than 900 gallons of water over the span of a single year.