This water hack will make you feel more hydrated in the heatwave

When temperatures soar, it's crucial to drink plenty of water. Here a doctor explains a simple water hack to boost hydration...

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When temperatures soar, it's important to ensure we're drinking enough water, but according to an expert there's a water hack that can boost our hydration further. 

As well as working out how to sleep in the heat and how to stop feeling tired all the time in the heatwave, it's important to remember that one of the most important ways to combat high temperatures is to drink plenty of water. But could we make our water intake go even further? 

By simply adding in a slice of fruit or a slice of cucumber to a glass of water, you can increase the speed that it's absorbed into the body, according to neuropsychologist, podcast host and Founder of UNBroken, Dr Rachel Taylor (opens in new tab).

“Water has a tough surface tension," Dr Taylor explains. "Adding something such as a slice of fruit to your water helps to break this surface tension, meaning that water is quicker to react with your body’s cells - in short, this means water will hydrate you more efficiently. 

"This is especially important if you have any underlying viruses or bacteria in your body - water can be quite tricky to absorb properly.”

Dr Rachel Taylor’s top recommendations to add to water include:

  • Cucumber
  • Lemon 
  • Lime 
  • Mint 
  • Strawberries 
  • Coconut slices 

“Cucumber is especially good as it contains electrolytes,” she explains. 

Dr Taylor also recommends eating food that has a high percentage of water, such as watermelon and courgettes for an added hydration boost. 

If you're wondering how to cool down in a heatwave, drinking plenty of water is a great place to start. 

Alison Jones, certified sleep consultant and expert at Sealy (opens in new tab) explains, “Not only does staying properly hydrated help to lubricate the joints and cushion sensitive tissues throughout the night, it can also help you attain the drop in core body temperature that helps induce sleepiness, according to a study by the University of North Carolina (opens in new tab).” 

Jones suggests that in order to make sure you stay hydrated, keep a small glass of water on your bedside table or one of the best water bottles with a lid filled up. 

Lauren is the former Deputy Digital Editor at woman&home and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren worked on the woman&home brand for four years before going freelance. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine.