Feeling sluggish? Tired? Hit the coffee maker a few too many times today? You may be dehydrated.
Whether you’re a serious athlete or 9-to-5 workday warrior, smart hydration is key to getting that mental clarity and alertness that keeps you sharp and focused. When you’re not drinking enough high-quality water, you’re harming your body at a cellular level, affecting organ function and mood and energy levels.
So let’s talk about how to know if you’re not drinking enough water, and what you can do to refresh your body with smart hydration.
Symptoms of Dehydration
If you’re tired, sleepy, have a headache, or have frequently dry skin and a dry mouth, you’re probably dehydrated. Darker yellow urine is also a sign that you’re not drinking enough water — the clearer, the better.
Thirst is another indicator that you’re already dehydrated. Our thirst mechanism falls behind our actual dehydration levels, so in order to stay hydrated you should be drinking water well before you’re parched.
Wondering how much water a day you should aim for? The The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests about 3.7 liters of fluids per day for men, and 2.7 liters a day for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
3 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
Sure, we can just tell you to “drink more water.” But in reality, getting the recommended amount takes a bit more planning. Here are our top three tips to staying hydrated:
- Set a reminder on your phone or calendar. Need a little help remembering to hit the water bottle? Set reminders for the first thing in the morning and during your break times throughout the day so you remember to refill and refresh with a new glass.
- Track your water intake. Use an app or just keep an eye on your water bottle to make sure you’re drinking enough water. If you’re not used to counting your water intake, you may find that you’re not drinking close to the recommended amount. Carrying one water bottle around with you everywhere will help you get an accurate picture of your hydration, from workout to meeting to night out.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine have a mild diuretic effect, which means they can be dehydrating. If you do partake in java or a glass of wine, just make sure to drink even more water to make up for the water loss.
Benefits of Smart Hydration
We believe in “smart hydration” because in order to elevate energy, mood, and athletic performance, you’ve got to go beyond just drinking water throughout your day. You’ve got to be drinking high-quality, filtered water that works as hard as you do.
GO-FILTR is your on-the-go biodegradable water infuser. Each GO-FILTR is designed to purify your water, and fits easily into your water bottle.
GO-FILTR removes toxins present in tap water and water fountains — such as fluoride, chlorine, and lead — as well as eliminates the germs in our water bottles. Our body weight is made up of about 60% water, which is why it’s so important to make sure we’re giving it high-quality hydration.
If you’re an athlete, you can take your training to the next level by using our electrolyte filter to rehydrate and recover more quickly. The alkaline filter not only contains electrolytes as well, but contains antioxidants and creates alkaline water that is rich with antioxidants and other minerals to help boost health and overall energy.
Proper hydration is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle. So get out there and drink some more water!