The Hydration Institute

Articles and advice about hydrating, curated by a team of Oxford scientists.

The Science of Festival Hydration

Summer’s almost here! Tis’ the season of festivals, pool parties, beach parties, and garden parties—what we’ve all been waiting for. But summer isn’t always as carefree as we’d like it to be; sunburns, mosquitoes, and excess sweat can be enough to make us want to retreat back into AC.
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10 ways to prevent waking up with a headache

Are you wondering how you can prevent waking up with a headache? Waking up with a headache prevents us from being our best. We'll tell all the ways to prevent this from happening.
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10 Reasons to Hydrate

Small amounts of water will keep you going, but you’re not going to be in optimal shape. For that, proper hydration is necessary. Below, we take a look at ten reasons to hydrate.
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The Top Causes of Muscle Cramps

Anyone that has suffered from muscle cramps knows that the pain and discomfort can be excruciating. Therefore it's important to understand the causes of muscle cramps. Whether you’re a regular cramp sufferer or have never experienced them, taking the necessary steps to prevent future episodes is something that everyone should do.
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How Hydrant Hydrates Fast

If you’ve read any of our blog you’ll know that proper hydration is one of the best hacks to being your best self. Getting your hydration back in check is a sure and speedy route to recovery after illness, exercise, or a big night out. But how can you rehydrate as fast and effectively as possible?
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Dry vs dehydrated skin: how to tell

Even if you’re not overly image or health conscious, keeping the skin in great condition is an ongoing priority in life. After all, its influence on your looks is huge while visible problems with the body’s largest organ are often indicative of underlying issues too. Poorly conditioned skin can be characterized by many features, but dryness and dehydration are the most common by far. How do I tell the difference between dry vs. dehydrated skin?
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Dehydration skin test: how-to

Do you suffer from dry skin despite having naturally oily skin? If so, the reality is that you might not have dry skin at all. It’s very likely that what you actually have is a case of dehydrated skin instead.
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Hydration and Sleep

You don’t need to be a science whiz to know that sleep and hydration are both good for you. Rumor has it that sleep and hydration are linked, and so as hydration-fans (hence the name) and sleep-fans (who isn’t?), we set out to see whether this link holds any weight.
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Hydration and Exercise

We all know that hydration and exercise go hand in hand. But what’s going on inside our bodies, does hydration actually affect our athletic performance, and is hydration the key to recovery from strenuous exercise? We looked at the latest research to find out what’s really going on.
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The 10 Most Important Reasons To Drink Water In The Morning

Water is vital to your body’s health and function—you can’t keep it running smoothly without consuming plenty of water throughout the day. Your daily hydration ritual should begin with a morning glass of water, an underrated yet essential part of any healthy routine.
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What are the benefits of drinking salt water?

It may surprise you to learn that drinking salt water has lately become a fad. It’s believed that salt water provides various health benefits that you don’t get by drinking regular water alone. Let’s explore some of the supposed benefits of drinking salt water regularly.
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What are the benefits of drinking water?

We all know we should drink more water. We hear this advice from our moms, our coaches, and our health gurus. Suggestions of how much you should drink can vary, with the 10-cups-per-day or the one-gallon-per-day rules standing out as particularly common guidelines. The point of this article is to explain the benefits of drinking water.
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Should I Be Drinking Lemon Water?

Are there any real benefits to drinking lemon water, or is it all just a fad? In this post, we’ll highlight a few reasons why people add lemon to their water, and if it’s something you should consider.
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Low Sodium Diets and Hydrant

One pack of Hydrant contains only eight ingredients, most of them salts. With low sodium diets on the rise, where does Hydrant fit into your routine? Can you still rely on Hydrant to keep you on your game, even when trying to reduce your salt intake?
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Methods To Feel More Alert Throughout The Day

Do you wish you could feel more alert throughout your day? Are you falling asleep at the back of class? Struggling to stay awake in meetings? Do you have trouble concentrating or constantly feel in need of a nap? Here’s our analysis of some methods that help you stay awake and alert throughout your day.
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Does “Sweating It Out” Work As A Remedy For Hangovers?

Everyone knows hangovers suck, and so does finding the most effective hangover cure. Hangovers mess with you right when you wake up, and the particularly nasty ones can ruin the entire day.
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POTS (Dysautonomia) and Sodium Intake

Three million Americans have POTS, and hydration with proper electrolyte balance could be a key part of managing symptoms, maintaining blood pressure and nerve function.
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Dehydration and Headaches

Dehydration headaches are fairly common and can be tedious to get rid of. But what, if any, is the scientific evidence linking dehydration and headaches? How can you spot and alleviate a headache caused by dehydration?
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What Minerals are in Water?

If you ask a scientist “what is water?” they’ll probably tell you it’s the pure liquid form of the chemical H2O. The water we drink in our everyday lives, however, isn’t pure H2O. This doesn’t mean the water isn’t healthy. Quite the opposite, really. The impurities in our drinking water often include essential dietary minerals.
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5 Races For All Types of Runners

As popular New York City Youtuber Casey Neistat once said, there are two types of people in this world: those who run, and everyone else. Which one are you? Are you obsessed with running? Do you feel physically down if you miss your daily run? Do you own more than five pairs of running shoes?
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Does Dehydration Cause Fatigue?

Fatigue is a key sign of dehydration. But does dehydration cause fatigue, or are they just related? And if dehydration does cause fatigue, why? Here, we look at three scientific papers written in the last ten years that focus on the causes of fatigue in three different scenarios, to help you get to an answer.
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The Water Craze: The Rise of Water Tracking Apps and Bottles

There’s a new trend in wellness: drinking water. It might sound ridiculous, but it’s true. A whole fleet of apps and ‘smart’ water bottles, both of which track how much you drink, have begun to explode in popularity, affirming that water is the new craze.
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Fit by February: The Best No Gym Workouts You Need This Month

The holidays are in full swing and New Years is almost here, which means that gyms will get even more crowded with flocks of people. We've compiled a list of the best no gym workouts to keep you motivated through resolution season.
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5 Easy Tips for Maintaining your Wellness at Work

Maintaining your wellness is key to being your best self at work. Try these simple self-care tips to get ahead—and impress your boss.
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12 Foods High in Electrolytes

Electrolytes are key to hydration - they can be found in our bodies but also in foods and drinks. Avocados, bananas, coconut water and chocolate milk are some of the foods and drinks that are high in electrolytes.
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Hydrate Your Voice

It's important to take care of yourself, your voice included. At Hydrant, we think that hydration is key and according to research, hydration might be THE way to the quality and safety of your voice.

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Dehydration and Migraines

There's plenty of research that looks into migraines and while there is no cure for migraines, studies show that dehydration can be a trigger for migraines.

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Why do I wake up with a headache?

Waking up with a headache is a horrible way to start your morning. Sleeping issues, whether you're prone to migraines and stress are all possible causes of why you wake up with a headache.

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Always thirsty? 10 ways to prevent thirst

Why am I always thirsty? Hunger is a relatively straightforward bodily mechanism, with this sensation being dictated by the amount of food filling your stomach. As you digest the food you’ve already eaten, your tummy will slowly empty and ready itself for further consumption, and this will be reflected by the way you feel.
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The Most Common Causes of Thirst

We all experience being thirsty every day. Working and exercising can cause thirst and would explain why you feel thirsty every day, but there are more causes to being thirsty.

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The Fastest Muscle Cramp Treatment

Muscle cramp is never pleasant. Whether it strikes when you’re in bed or working out, it can have crippling consequences. It’s intense, uncomfortable, and many of us believe there’s no option but to wait it out. But, we’re here to tell you that might not be the case.
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8 ways to fix dehydrated skin

The human body is roughly 60% water while the skin is our biggest organ by far. Naturally, then, the links between dehydration and damaged skin are colossal. In fact, even a 1-2% dehydration level can take its toll on the body with the skin being one of the first body parts to show it.
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Dietary Sugars

There’s no use sugar-coating it —for better or for worse, we all love sugar in our food and drink. Did you know that Americans eat more sugar per person than anywhere else in the world?! But how much sugar is too much? Does sugar really lead to weight gain, or can we just blame fatty food?
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Why Do Calf Muscle Cramps Happen?

Calf muscle cramps are painful, and thanks to scientists there's a significant correlation between our salt levels and the occurrence of a muscle cramp.
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Low Blood Sugars and Energy Levels

Sugar crashes aren’t just for toddlers. Adults get grumpy and hangry too. When your blood sugar level dips below normal levels, the energy drain and tiredness can be all too real. But what’s the relationship between low sugar and energy levels? Are there any “good sugars”?
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Can Dehydration Cause Diarrhea?

Can dehydration lead to diarrhea? Scientifically-speaking, diarrhea is an increased frequency and fluidity in our poop. But we really know it as an unfortunate inconvenience that restricts our ability to go about our day.
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Should I be drinking water before bed?

It’s widely known that you should drink water every day. Drinking water frequently and in the right amounts is key to avoiding the numerous health issues associated with dehydration. Yet as simple as drinking water is, it’s hard to do it right. Is drinking water before bed a good thing?
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How To Read Nutrition Labels

What we eat matters, but how aware are you of what you’re actually putting in your body? We know nutrition labels may seem intimidating, but don’t worry! We’ll walk you through how to read a nutrition label, so that you can get the most out of what you eat and drink.

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What is Hydration Therapy?

Migraines are listed as the 6th most disabling disorder globally by the World Health Organization. Despite this, we have relatively little understanding of how exactly this disease works, let alone how to treat it.
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Why Am I Always So Thirsty?

Why am I always thirsty? Am I drinking enough water? Am I drinking too much? Drinking water seems like a simple enough step in our daily self-care routines, but is sometimes hard to keep track of. While some struggle to drink enough water, others over-indulge.
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How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

Caffeine is a drug, so like any drug there must be a limit. But just how many cups of coffee does it take to compromise your health?
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7 Causes of Daily Fatigue and Tiredness

We all know what it’s like to wake up feeling tired and in need of a PJ-day. But what if you’re feeling fatigued, drowsy, and unable to concentrate every day? We dove into the research and found 4 ‘not enough’ and 3 ‘too much’ factors that might be dragging you down.
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Effects of Dehydration on Runners and Cyclists

Runners and cyclists know how much of a battle it is to fight hydration. Your body is made up of 50-60% water, and strenuous exercise is a fast way to deplete those liquid reserves and leave you feeling brittle and weak.
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The Coolest Music Festivals You've Never Heard Of

Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, South by Southwest, Ultra, Governors Ball, Coachella, all on the festival lovers hit list. The US is well-known for its diverse festival scene — Ultra alone attracted over 165,000 attendees hailing from all corners of the world to sunny Miami last March.

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5 Ways Travelers Get Dehydrated

As soon as you swap that desk chair for an airplane seat (even if the leg room is tiny), you begin to realize that vacation feels great. It provides a much-needed break from the general hustle-and-bustle of adulthood. It reinvigorates the body and mind, and is scientifically proven to boost productivity and resilience in the workplace.
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World’s Strangest Wellness Practices and Traditions

It’s no secret that wellness trends in the United States have absolutely exploded over the past few years. Teenagers, celebrities, companies, and even entire industries have shifted their focus to meet this growing, millennial-driven market –one that’s valued at trillions of dollars.
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The Rise of Nootropics in the Workplace

Ever seen the movie “Limitless?” Starring Bradley Cooper, it details the transformation of a man after he pops a magical pill. The drug improves his mental acuity exponentially, and he begins to soar up the ranks at his – you guessed it – finance job.
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Training for a 5k? Here’s what you need to know

Training for a 5k race is hard. Hard on your body, your mind, and your diet. To perform well as a long distance runner you need stamina and commitment on and off the course. Runners need to know how to properly replace fluids and glycogen, how to push through blisters, heat, and soreness, and how to ignore overwhelming feelings of fatigue.
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Navigating the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, so get ready for a whirlwind of excessive eating, drinking, and social activity! Whether it’s an office party or an extended family dinner, or perhaps just a Friday night get-together, your body will almost inevitably take a beating.
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Why is my skin so dry?

‘Tis the season for dry winter skin. While we’re cuddling up to fireplaces and doning fluffy (—and dare I say ugly) sweaters, dry skin is there to ruin the festive mood. Before we resort to slathering our skin in lotion the texture of egg-nog, let’s backup to understand why our skin gets so dry in the winter. 

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Stronger than water.     --     Never run dry.     --     Make water work better.     --     Electrolytning in a bottle.     --     A healthy mind is a hydrated one.     --     Travel (electro)lyte.     --     Mix it with your lifestyle.     --     Get more from your water.     --     Drink more water without drinking more water.     --     Give everyday your best shot.     --     Never have an off day.     --