Let’s talk about hydration for a hot minute. As long as I can remember, I have suffered from headaches. I get them on the regular, sometimes so bad that I have to lay down with the lights off and wear ear plugs. I still don’t know the cause of the intense migraines I experience (these don’t come quite as often), but I’ve been able to pinpoint what causes my (slightly) less severe headaches: not enough sleep, caffeine, and dehydration.
Seems like an easy fix, right? All I need to do is sleep more (so hard for me), stay away from caffeine (easy I don’t drink much to begin with), and drink more water. That last bit is something that I have always struggled with even though I know it’s essential, especially with the amount of running that I do.
Drinking more water is an ongoing goal of mine. When I stay top of my intake, I definitely notice a difference in how I feel. When I’m lagging, I often don’t notice until it’s too late and then I have to run to the drugstore to buy Advil. This happened in Vancouver on our second day. I went all morning without any water and then had the whole crew come with me to London Drugs just so I could get some drugs and electrolytes in me asap! We had a long day ahead of us and I was desperate!
Lately I’ve been taking Boxed Water with me every time I leave the house as a reminder to stay on top of things. I figure that if I have to carry it, I have to drink it! This works for me but it also turns me into that girl who walks into every public place asking where the bathroom is. I swear I have the world’s smallest bladder.
I talked about why I like Boxed Water in last month’s post but some of the main reasons include: it’s triple filtered, the packaging uses paper from well-managed forests (reducing our carbon footprint!), and the entire carton is recyclable. I love that they also plant two trees for every photo posted on social using the hashtag #ReTree.
In addition to keeping water on me (almost) at all times, I also try to incorporate hydrating foods into my diet. There are so many fruits and vegetables that contain high percentages of water – cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, grapefruit, watermelon, berries, etc. There are so many more but these are my favourites! I aim to eat one big salad or smoothie every day and incorporate as many of these foods as I can. Not only am I helping myself stay hydrated, but I feel good knowing I’m getting all kinds of nutrients too.
Any tips and tricks you use to stay hydrated?
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Boxed Water. All opinions are my own. Thank you for your support!
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