Health & Wellness
JUNE: HYDRATION & NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH
The National Safety Council designates every June as National Safety Month, to highlight the importance of identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures to reduce hazard exposure on important topics from ergonomics to mental health to chemical management, in creating a safe workplace.
Another critical safety topic as we start our summer months is hydration. It is very easy to become dehydrated, quickly, when the temps heat up — so the following are some tips to promote hydration awareness, every day.
- Know Your Baseline Hydration Level: You might be surprised at just how much water you’re really drinking. Challenge yourself to keep track of water intake for just a few days to get an idea of what your normal intake is like — use an app or hydration tracking water bottle to assist.
- Hydration Timing: Be sure to hydrate when you wake up and before meals; try to have about two glasses of water first thing in the morning and then one glass of water before every meal and snack. There’s a double benefit to pairing food and water — drinking H2O also helps you slow down during meal time.
- Eat Your Water: Eat your water by following a produce-heavy diet. Fruits and vegetables have a high water content that will help you meet your daily quota, and fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, and watermelon and vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, and cooked squash are about 90 percent water. Dairy products are also good sources of water.
- Experiment with How You Drink Water: If you’re the type of person who thinks plain water is, well, too plain, experiment with different temperatures and tastes. Try water with ice, without ice, at room temperature, etc. Try out different flavors by adding fresh fruit (like the discarded strawberry tops from breakfast), vegetables (cucumber slices), or herbs (fresh basil or ginger).
- Track Your Hydration: Make your phone work for you by using a well-rated, popular hydration-tracking app, like Water Reminder (free on Google Play) or Drink Water Reminder N Tracker (free on the App Store) which allow you to keep track of what you’re consuming. Smart water bottles also ‘nudge’ you to drink — there are many options that dispense natural flavors into your water and ‘glow’ or play music when it’s time to drink.