The following are some tips from Michigan State University Extension on how to replace water loss and replenish fluids in your body.
- Drink water before, during and after exercise. The American Council on Exercise provides more information on staying hydrated while being physically active.
- Carry a water bottle with you for easy access to drinking water while at home, work or on the go.
- Fill a freezable water bottle half-way with water and freeze it to keep water cold throughout the day.
- Choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages, such as fruit drinks, sport drinks and regular or non-diet soft drinks. It is better for hydration and can also save money and calories.
- Liven up water by adding citrus wedges, cucumber or some other sliced fruit or vegetable. If the taste is more pleasing, you will probably drink more.
- Contrary to popular belief, scientific research suggests that caffeine does not affect dehydration, so moderate amounts of caffeinated beverages such as coffee may be appropriate.
It is important to note that some health conditions require that a person restrict their fluid intake, such as kidney disease. Follow your health care provider’s advice on fluid intake if he or she has told you that you need to limit your water intake.