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Hydration tips from a pelvic floor physical therapist

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

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Summer months in the south typically mean HOT and HUMID weather, a combo that makes it even more crucial you are staying hydrated throughout the day. Although most of us know drinking water is good for us, it can be challenging to figure out ways to drink as much as we should on a daily basis.

To help with this, I've created a list of my top 4 tips as a pelvic floor physical therapist for staying hydrated. Give these a try and let me know what you think!

1. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of liquid per day (with 2/3rds of liquid being water).

2. Have water easily accessible. The more accessible water is, the more likely you are to drink it. Cups with straws and/or quick sip lids are easier to access then closed twist tops and can make all the difference if you're trying to minimize drinking obstacles. Added bonus? Quick water accessibility also encourages you to drink more frequently throughout the day. This helps prevent you from drinking too much water in the evening and then having to get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night.

3. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. It takes 4-6 hours for your cells to fully rehydrate. Therefore, drink frequently throughout the day to keep your body well hydrated without any lapses.

4. Be sure to drink water while traveling. There might be a temptation to avoid drinking water while traveling in the hopes of not having to stop as much to use the restroom. However, decreasing your water intake not only can lead to dehydration, but it also makes your urine more concentrated which can actually increase your bathroom frequency. So whether you are flying or driving, be sure to take that water bottle with you.

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