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Eat Water, Drink Water, Be Merrier!

If coffee fuels just about everything you do (like it does for us), then here’s some good news: there’s no real evidence to support the myth that coffee causes dehydration! 

*Pause for a sip of coffee*

Although, before you chug your first cup of in the morning, you should think about how drinking water and staying hydrated play into your day. Hydration is an integral component in feeling better, thinking clearer, and even being happier. Seriously. So pour yourself a tall glass and read on:

Did you know – drinking a large, cool glass of water in the morning after you wake up has been shown to fire up your metabolism by a whopping 24% for 90 minutes?

Truth. 

Think about it: you go into a mini-hibernation for eight hours every night (or for the less pampered, six hours), which works up a hefty dehydration. Get that H2O back in you right away, and you’ll feel less like the Tin Man coming back to life and more like a V8 engine revving up.

Shortly thereafter, when you find yourself rooting through the fridge, wondering what to pull out and stick a straw into for breakfast, or wrap up to-go for lunch, look no further than these fruits and veggies:

Feelin’ like a smoothie?

  • Strawberries: 92% water
  • Peaches: 88% water (and plus, peach juice running down your forearm is so perfectly summertime-y)
  • Raspberries: 87% water
  • Oranges: 87% water

Packin’ a salad for lunch?

  • Iceberg Lettuce: 96% water
  • Red Tomato: 94% water
  • Radish: 95% water
  • Cucumber: 96% water

Flash-forward to your workday. Whether you’re spinning circles in your rolling chair or running from place-to-place with a long checklist, the average male needs 13 whopping cups of water every day while the average female needs about 9. That can take some serious dedication to acheive that each and every day.

Thankfully, the future is now, and there’s an app for that. The best one we found is called Hydrate Daily. Simple, not overbearing, well designed and free. And, they feature some really cool infusing, carrying, and filtering products. 

Water is such an important part of our day–every single day. So there’s really no reason we could think of why it shouldn’t be a party. Ever tried infusing water with fresh fruits and veggies? We put together a few delicious ideas for spicing up H2O. Just chop ‘em up, toss them in a carafe or a big mason jar, and enjoy! Disclaimer: this may make you want to sprint to the nearest farmer’s market.

Our Favorites:

  • Tomato + Lemon + Parsley (and lemon has immunity-boosting properties)
  • Carrot + Ginger + Apple (and ginger has stomach-health promoting properties)
  • Grapefruit + Sage (and sage grows abundantly in Oregon’s higher climates)
  • Honeydew + Jalapeno 

Easy ways to drink more water:

  • Drink after every restroom break - Eliminating wastes through your urine is essential to good health, but it can leave you feeling more dehydrated in about an hour.
  • Ask for it at a restaurant or bar - Even if you order a cocktail, the ice in it is not enough. Plus alcohol can deplete you of even more water. Be sure to drink that cup that is there for you when you sit down. It's also a good rule-of-thumb that you have a glass of water for every cocktail you have.
  • Keep a reusable continer on you - While you are working, shiopping, cooking or sitting around the house, keep a jug of water on you to constantly reminding you about your water intake.
  • Let your water sit - Many peoplecomplain about the temperature of their water, or prefer water without ice. Using a filtered pitcher or even just a jug set out in the kitchen can help water come to a nice room tempureature for you to drink throughout the day.
  • Eliminate or reduce soda in your diet - soda is a diuretic (meaning is helps draw water out of the body). Replacing it with sparkiling waters or mineral water can help you ditch the high sugars without compromising on the taste.
  • Set reminders - If you are just plain terrible at any of the above tips, set a reminder on your phone to down 8 ounces. A habit can easy form with enough force and and mental triggers such as a upcoming, daily reminder.
  • Reward yourself - as you track your water intake and acheive goals, make sure to reward yourself with something. It can even be that soda you gave up or the cocktails you have been skipping! Everything in moderation.

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