Whether you’re an elite athlete or you just want to operate at peak performance in every aspect of your life, hydration is key: Research shows that even mild dehydration (and its barely perceptible symptoms) can cause fatigue, brain fog, muscle weariness and dampened returns on all your efforts toward a daring life. Nix, a forthcoming, barely noticeable gadget you wear on your hand to measure the makeup of your sweat, alerts you as soon as you become even slightly dehydrated. What’s more, it tells you what to drink and how much—for example, it’ll signal when you need to replace electrolytes, without which your brain and muscles may become sluggish. Nix isn’t available on the market yet, but you can sign up to be considered as a beta tester.
You can also use a MyHydrate bottle, whose cap lights up to track how much water you’ve sipped. Even better, it takes into account local temperature and prompts you to take a drink before you’re dehydrated. And while you’re thinking about fluids, remember to drink an extra glass of water for each boozy beverage you consume. Because alcohol interferes with a hormone that helps your body reabsorb water, you may be like three-quarters of American adults who are chronically dehydrated.
If you’re bored of plain ol’ H2O, infuse your own with cucumber, lime, mint or whatever flavor combo floats your boat. (Try our five fave recipes for infused water!) For fancy water on the go, try health fanatics’ darling coconut water, watermelon water, aloe water or even cactus water. Staying hydrated is a must when you’re manifesting your most authentic, most daring, most fulfilled self.