Drinking lots of water is essential to living a healthy life. However, many truck drivers seem to have a direct conflict with hydration. Many truck drivers feel they should not drink much water, since it leads to more breaks to answer the call of nature. Drinking more water means more breaks, making it challenging to make timely deliveries and earning less money.
These are valid concerns, but there are ways to stay properly hydrated as a professional truck driver without affecting your career. Proper hydration is vital for your health and essential to safety on your trips. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, kidney stones, and an increased risk of heat stroke, especially during the sweltering hot summers.
Today’s post will discuss some essential tips for professional truck drivers to stay hydrated while on the road.
1. Schedule Your Water Intake
Drivers worried about the risk of more bathroom breaks due to a higher water intake can benefit from scheduling when to drink water. Adding “Drink Water” to your schedule might sound silly, but it can be effective when done right. Drinking 16oz to 24oz of water 20-30 minutes before reaching scheduled stops and at the end of your shift can help you ensure that all your bathroom breaks are likeliest to be during your scheduled stops. It can reduce additional bathroom breaks and help you stick to your schedule for timely deliveries.
2. Reduce Dehydrating Foods
Proper hydration does not just mean drinking plenty of fluids. It also requires minimizing foods that can dehydrate you. High-sodium foods, lots of caffeine, and fast food are a few items common in trucker diets that can cause loss of water. Try limiting your intake of these foods to minimize water loss during the day, eliminating the need to drink too much water to stay hydrated and healthy.
3. Add Water-Rich Foods to Your Diet
Drinking water from a bottle is not the only way to stay properly hydrated. You can add many items to your diet to increase your water intake. Cucumbers, watermelon, grapefruit, and celery are a few food items containing plenty of water. These items also contain other essential nutrients, making them healthier alternatives to fast food and other unhealthy items. You can also add cucumbers and strawberries to your water to give it some natural flavor when you drink it, giving it a refreshing taste.
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