Hot summer months are the ideal time to be carefree and bask in the fun of warmer weather, longer days, and getting that extra dose of Vitamin D. While you’re making the most of the season, there’s a critical healthy habit you can’t overlook: staying hydrated!

You’ve probably heard the old saying to “drink eight glasses of water per day.” And you might be wondering how to stay hydrated in the summer besides drinking plain water. Drinking water is vitally important – however, there are other ways you can get creative and get all the fluids you need. So how can you get and stay hydrated this summer? Here are some easy tips.

#1. Drink water

We know this one’s obvious, but it’s also the easiest! And because we know that drinking enough water is one of the biggest challenges people face, we’re making it easier for you to achieve.

Here are some creative ways you can drink more water this summer:

Make sure you always carry a water bottle with you too, especially on very active days or if you’re spending a lot of time outside. Sweating a lot means you’re losing water, and it needs to be replenished.

#2. Supercharge hydration with electrolytes

Take your water to the next level with Teami Hydrate Electrolyte Super Mix – it’s designed to help you recharge your body and keep you hydrated anytime, anywhere!

It contains five vital electrolytes in one scoop:

Simply mix one scoop into 16 ounces of water to replenish your electrolytes and enjoy the mouth-watering raspberry lemonade flavor. No more boring water, and you’ll feel hydrated, replenished, and ready to take on more summer fun.

#3. Eat hydrating fruits and vegetables

Did you know that what you eat also contributes to your hydration levels? Eating a well-rounded diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables that have a high water content can contribute to your fluid intake.

Melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe contain more than 90% water. Furthermore, pineapples, raspberries, plums, oranges, papaya, strawberries, and grapefruit also contain a lot of water and are hydrating.

Hydrating vegetables include lettuce, celery, bok choy, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, watercress, zucchini, spinach, and broccoli. Seeing a theme? Eat those leafy greens!

drinking water and eating fruit in the pool

#4. Know the signs of dehydration

Did you know human beings can live up to three weeks without food, but only three to four days without water?

Dehydration impacts your entire body – and being even slightly dehydrated can have a big impact.

When you’re dehydrated, you may feel:

Inside of the body, tissues contract when fluid and electrolyte imbalance occurs. That includes your brain – and when your brain shrinks, it pulls away from the skull and causes a headache. That alone is enough to make sure you stay on top of your hydration this summer!

#5. Look at your urine

We all pee, so don’t be shy – look in the toilet and notice the color of your urine. The color of your urine is a good measurement of your hydration levels. If your urine is pale, you're most likely hydrated. A sign of dehydration is urine that is a dark yellow or even an amber color. If you are taking vitamins, medications, or eating certain foods, these may also impact the color of your urine. If you are concerned about its color, be sure to consult your health provider.

#6. Stay cool

In the summer months, the risk for heat-related issues is at its highest. This includes heat stroke and heat exhaustion. You can keep yourself protected by staying cool. Go inside if you feel too hot and spend time in the air conditioning. Avoid strenuous sports and physical activity during the hottest parts of the day.

Wear clothing that is loose on the body, light in color, and allows your body to breathe. Cotton and linen are both known for how breathable they are. Jazz up your look with a fun sun hat or big sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. If you become overheated and can't get indoors, use a spray bottle to mist yourself or put a cloth soaked in cool water on your forehead. These are all ways you can regulate your body temperature.

staying cool in the shade

#7. Avoid dehydrating beverages

Don't forget that some liquids actually make you more dehydrated and remove water from your tissues. Coffee, alcohol, lemonade, energy drinks, soda, and other drinks loaded with sugar have ingredients that contribute to dehydration.

#8. Sip throughout the day

Don't wait until you're already thirsty or have a headache to start drinking your water. water or other hydrating beverages should be sipped throughout the day so your body can use water when you need it. If you are doing strenuous activities, such as playing sports on the beach or swimming, you need to replace water as you lose it. This will help you ward off dehydration and lessen your risk of heat exhaustion.

#9. Choose other hydrating beverages

There are many drinks that contribute to staying hydrated in the summer. Herbal tea, vegetable juice, milk alternatives, smoothies, low-sugar fruit juice, aloe vera juice, and sports drinks all serve as forms of hydration. Coconut water is an excellent choice because it contains a lot of potassium, an essential electrolyte. Many athletes use coconut water to replenish their bodies. Mix your favorite with Teami Hydrate Electrolyte Super Mix!

Summer is meant to be enjoyed and like any season, there are certain precautions to take to make sure you’re staying healthy! One thing is for sure: hydration is key EVERY day, and you can use these tips year-round.

Show us how you’re staying hydrated this summer! Tag us on Instagram with #thankyouteami so we can see how you’re using Teami Hydrate Electrolyte Super Mix or another way to stay hydrated in the summer.