Staying hydrated this summer is very important for your overall health. Water is considered an essential nutrient because it is needed for countless processes in the body. If we do not consume enough throughout the day our body can become stressed, which can raise blood sugar and cause diabetes complications and increase neuropathy symptoms.
Here are three simple tips to help you stay on top of your hydration this summer:
1. Temperature matters
The temperatures of the fluid you are drinking directly influences your total intake. Research has shown that people will drink significantly more water when it is cold, as compared to room temperature water.
2. Give me flavour
Many people can find water to be a bland and tiring drink. Flavoured beverages help to increase overall fluid intake. However, be careful of the amount of sugar and calories in flavoured beverages. Not only can sugar-sweetened drinks increase your risk of diabetes, they also require even more water to digest. Try these 5 diabetes friendly low sugar drink recipes!
3. Hydration on the go
A stainless steel water bottle or travel coffee mug is a perfect way to keep fluid with you on the go. These can also be easily refilled and help to keep beverages cool.
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