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Stay hydrated like a nutritionist: tips from celebrity health expert Kim Shapira

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Staying hydrated doesn’t have to be a chore. Leading authority in food and nutrition behavior, Kim Shapira MS, RD— a celebrity dietitian, nutritional therapist, and author, with a bachelor of science in kinesiology and a master’s degree in human metabolism and clinical nutrition—is sharing fun and creative tips to keep cool and stay hydrated this summer.

‘Watch for signs of dehydration such as dark urine, dizziness, or fatigue,’ says Shapira. ‘If you experience these symptoms, it is essential to rehydrate promptly.’ In her book, This Is What You’re Really Hungry for: Six Simple Rules to Transform Your Relationship with Food to Become Your Healthiest Self, Shapira breaks down the science to get your brain and your body on board; replaces fad diets that do not last with a sustainable method that encourages you to eat what you love; and empowers you to be the authority in your own body.
  
Fun tips to stay hydrated like a mutritionist

Sip with style: get yourself a fun, colourful water bottle to make it easy to stay hydrated throughout the day. Whether it’s glittery, covered in cool stickers, or shaped like a fruit, having a stylish bottle makes drinking water more enjoyable. Bonus points if it has a built-in infuser for fruits and herbs! Or jazz up your water with fruit-infused ice cubes. Freeze pieces of berries, mint leaves, or cucumber slices in your ice tray and pop them into your drink for a colourful and flavorful twist.

• Popsicles: make your own hydrating popsicles using coconut water, fresh fruit, and a splash of lemon juice. These tasty treats are perfect for a refreshing cool-down on hot days. But be mindful of sugary beverages, such as sodas, sweetened teas, and sugary punches. These drinks can contribute to dehydration and add unnecessary calories.

• Hydration challenge: turn staying hydrated into a friendly competition. Challenge friends or family to a daily water intake goal and track your progress together. The winner gets a fun prize!

• Mocktail magic: create delicious mocktails using sparkling water, fresh fruit juices, and herbs. Think minty watermelon fizz or a citrusy orange spritzer. These refreshing drinks are a great way to up your water intake without the alcohol.

• Water break–dance break: set an hourly alarm that not only reminds you to drink water but also to get up and dance for a minute. Shake it off and get your steps in at the same time. This keeps you hydrated and adds a fun burst of activity to your day.

• Use hydration apps: use fun hydration tracking apps like WaterMinder, that remind you to drink water. Some apps even come with games or virtual pets that thrive when you drink enough water.

• Hydration stations: set up hydration stations around your home or office with pitchers of infused water, fun cups, and straws. This makes it easy and fun to grab a drink wherever you are.

• Water-rich snacks: enjoy water-rich snacks like watermelon slices, cucumber sticks, smoothies, yoghurt, or juicy grapes. They’re not only hydrating but also a tasty way to cool down.

• DIY spa water: create your own “spa water” with a mix of cucumber, mint, and lemon. Pour it into a fancy pitcher and enjoy the feeling of being pampered while you hydrate.
  
Kim Shapira
Kim Shapira, MS, RD is a celebrity dietitian, nutritional therapist, and author, with a bachelor of science in kinesiology from Tulane University and a master’s degree in human metabolism and clinical nutrition from Boston University. Kim has spent over 25 years helping people lose weight and keep it off (with a giant emphasis on keeping it off), both in her private Los Angeles practice, in hospitals, sports clinics, addiction centres and universities. When she’s not helping her clients take back their relationship with food, she is a wife and mother of three children and three pups. Kim often appears as a guest expert for Yahoo!, Sky News, Vanity Fair, Pop Sugar, and as a frequent guest on podcasts. Visit www.kimshapiramethod.com, or click here to follow her on Instagram.
 
 

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