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Ways to Rehydrate Fast: 5 Tips That Actually Work

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5.26.20

BY: DR. KYON HOOD, MD

We all know staying hydrated is essential. Water does so much for our bodies. Water helps the body keep a normal temperature, cushion joints, controls heart rate, protect the spinal cord, and get rid of waste. Not getting the proper amount of water can result in dehydration. Some ailments that may seem minute may actually be due to lack of proper hydration.

Feeling Thirsty?

We all know staying hydrated is essential. Water does so much for our bodies. Water helps the body keep a normal temperature, cushion joints, controls heart rate, protect the spinal cord, and get rid of waste. Not getting the proper amount of water can result in dehydration. Some ailments that may seem minute may actually be due to lack of proper hydration.

What is dehydration?

Dehydration is when your body loses its fluids due to the type of foods you are eating or through activities such as exercising or vomiting. Then, dehydration can lead to a whole host of problems such as kidney failure, seizures, and swelling of the body. Depending on the climate or your body type, (whether you’re pregnant or an athlete) you might have to take extra care in making you’re well hydrated.

Signs of dehydration:

Headaches

Dizziness

– Fatigue

– No tears when crying

– Moodiness

– Constipation

– Bad breath

Don’t wait until these signs show up. Here are some tips and tricks to help you rehydrate properly.

Easy Ways to Rehydrate

1. Drink water

Consuming H2O is vital as water makes up 60% of our bodies. It’s a critical nutrient that helps regulate internal body temperature and acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord. To rehydrate yourself, aim to drink around eight 8 oz. cups of water a day. Too boring? Try adding in a few glasses of sparkling water!

2. Eat hydrating foods

Certain foods are made up of 80-99% of water. Therefore, they are super hydrating. Foods like:

– Watermelon

-Berries

-Lettuce

-Carrots

-Oranges

-Melons

-Grapes

-Spinach

These H2O-filled foods are great ways to rehydrate yourself. Whatever fruit or veggies you pick, make sure to have 1 ¼ cup or two servings a day, to replace a few of your daily 8 oz. glasses. Try blending them together and make a super hydrating (and delicious!) smoothie!

3. Got milk?

If so, drink it! Milk has a large concentration of electrolytes, as well as protein. A 2016 study showed that both full-fat and skim milk are great ways to rehydrate yourself! You can also get creative and add some fruits or veggies to make a smoothie.

4. Eat your soup

Surprisingly, broth-based soups are also a great source of hydration. Soups like chicken noodle and vegetable soup, include not just water, but sodium as well, which is helpful when rehydrating yourself. The body loses sodium through sweat, especially through exercise. Soup can help replace this. However, as most canned soups overdo the sodium amount, try whipping up some soup at home!

5. Get an IV drip

Looking to hydrate instantly? IV treatments, which are packed with hydration alongside vitamins and minerals, can help restore your body and reduce dehydration. Because IV therapy allows nutrients to bypass the digestive tract, it allows for instant absorption. You can, therefore, feel the benefits of hydration almost immediately.

Hydration is Happiness

Water makes the world go around. Your body isn’t any different. Let the water wash all the sugars and waste and cleanse your body. Staying hydrated prevents any kind of ailments. So, we hope that these tips and tricks on ways to rehydrate can help you avoid dehydration and keep your body healthy throughout the day.

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