The weather is hot and humid here in Murfreesboro, which means you’ll want to make sure you’re getting plenty of water and staying hydrated to prevent heat stroke, dehydration, and injury. What’s more, drinking plenty of water ensures your muscles, joints, and soft tissues are getting the hydration, nutrients, and oxygen they need to function properly.

In part one of this short blog series, we shared helpful tips with you to ensure you’re staying hydrated all summer long. Today, we have a few more tips for you to consider. Give your chiropractor in Murfreesboro a call today to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions about ways to improve your health and wellness this summer.

Read our tips for staying hydrated this summer

Get Plenty of Hydration Boosters

Drinking nutrient-rich beverages that are packed with electrolytes to stay hydrated. Drinks like Pedialyte contain electrolytes and carbohydrates which can give your body a nice boost of hydration and nutrients to sustain it during a workout or physical activity such as hiking, biking, and swimming. Coconut water is another way to replenish your body with electrolytes and hydration. Just make sure to check the sugar counts on your beverage of choice.

Drink Plenty of Water Before a Workout

Drinking plenty of water before a workout is essential for a strong workout and recovery. Plus, drinking a lot of water before a workout can limit your risk of becoming dehydrated due to sweating. If you plan to work out in the morning, drink several glasses of water the night before. If you prefer to workout in the afternoon or evening, drink water consistently throughout the day to prepare your body for the workout. That way, you won’t be dehydrated before you start your workout, which could be disastrous for your body.

Replace Sugary Drinks With Water or Tea

Sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks don’t give you the proper hydration your body needs to function optimally. In fact, the high sugar content found in sodas and other sugar-packed drinks can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb water, which can lead to dehydration, muscle cramping, and headaches.

Make a Stash of Frozen Water Bottles

Most people find it easier to consume cold water, especially during the summertime. On the other hand, when the only option is warm or somewhat cool tap water, people are less prone to drink enough water. Avoid this by filling water bottles ahead of time and freezing them, which will give you access to cold water anytime. You can even make a bottle holder to reduce messy condensation by using an old sock as a water bottle holder.

Make Flavored Ice

Along with infusing water with different fruits, you can also infuse your ice with natural flavors to enhance your water drinking experience. Simply add fresh shredded coconut, berries, or chopped cucumbers to your ice tray before filling it with water and freezing it. As your ice cubes melt, they will release these natural flavors into your water, giving you a refreshing burst of flavor in every gulp.

Contact Your Murfreesboro Chiropractor

These are just a few more ways to stay hydrated this summer, which can reduce your risk of dehydration, heat stroke, and may prevent soft tissue injuries. If you feel that you’re not getting the water intake you need to support your spine, body, and overall wellness, our chiropractor can coach you on ways to improve your hydration techniques. If you have any questions about managing your water intake, or would like to schedule an appointment with your trusted chiropractor in Murfreesboro, give Barfield Chiropractic a call today!