Ways to Stay Hydrated

Sep 24, 2015

Hydrating your body has more to do with than just guzzling bottles of water to quench your thirst. The Institute of Medicine recommends that we intake about 90 oz. of water a day, but a recent study found that 75 percent of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration.

Drinking that much water can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be done by drinking one bottle of water after the next; we can get hydration from other beverages and even our food too!

Any food that is liquid at room temperature can be hydrating, but loading up on sugar and caffeine will have the opposite desired effect. Sometimes getting the recommended amount of water can be tricky, especially if you have to constantly fill up a water bottle. There are ways you can get hydration from sources other than water- here are a few ideas:

1. Try drinking one of the new, popular waters. These waters are anything but plain and dull. The added flavors make drinking water more enjoyable and easier to consume. Most are full of electrolytes but don’t have the high sugar content of sports drinks or juice.

  • Coconut water contains more potassium than four bananas and it a great pre and post workout drink.
  • Cactus water is actually made up of mostly prickly pear concentrate but it contains an antioxidant called betalains.
  • Artichoke water isn’t as gross as it sounds. This is a low calorie and high antioxidant drink. A company based in California makes a drink called Arty Water that adds flavors of organic lemon, apple and spearmint.

2. Eating fruits and veggies can be another option. Fruits and veggies like watermelon and tomatoes have very high water content. Other options are lettuce, melons and berries. Making fruit/yogurt parfaits, salads and fresh fruits and veggies part of your diet will add to your hydration.

3. Many people think applesauce is just for kids, but in fact it is a great source of hydration. There are even “grab and go” packs you can buy that are a great way to bring hydration with you on the go. Having a quick squeeze of applesauce can give you a boost of hydration anywhere.

4. Add more ice to plain water. You can even add a twist by making ice cubes with fruit or herbs in them; as they melt they give your water a hint of flavor.

Drinking the recommended amount of water doesn’t have to mean being attached to a bottle of water all day. Incorporating some of these other ways to get your hydration can make staying hydrated easier and more fun.

For more ideas on how to improve your body’s health contact your Plymouth chiropractor, Dr. Reese Shanahan, at Plymouth Spine and Health Center.  Call us today at (763) 432-2736 or visit our website at http://www.plymouthspine.com

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