No doubt, life gets busy. But if you’re in the habit of going head-down into your studies without thinking about drinking, you may be depriving your body from performing at its peak.
“If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated,” says University of Phoenix College of Nursing Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Doctoral Studies Linnea M. Axman, DrPH. “Not everyone knows that.”
Another lesser-known fact is that if you’re hungry, you might actually be thirsty. So, to go for a full feeling, especially if you’re moving toward weight-loss goals, try to slake your thirst first.
Here, we’ll break down the pros and cons of four go-to options, with tips on how to get more hydration into your daily rotation.
Pros: Water is the best option for staying hydrated. Water is caffeine-, calorie- and sugar-free, and it’s readily available. Need a strategy for making sure you get more? Axman has you covered.
“When I was in the Navy, we would actually set an alarm to drink water,” she says.
Other strategies? Start the morning off with a glass of water or fill a water bottle and take it with you everywhere. If you don’t like plain water, add lemon or lime or infuse a pitcher with pomegranates and oranges or strawberries and mint. (Just make sure you wash the fruit to avoid germs.)
Cons: While it is theoretically possible to drink too much water, it’s unusual. It’s more likely that the average healthy adult will not drink enough water, Axman says.