Tips To Keep You Hydrated (Without Drinking More Water)
You likely already know that staying hydrated throughout the day is important—really important. When you keep your body well hydrated, you’re supporting healthy digestion, preventing fatigue and soothing joint pain, among many other benefits.
Unfortunately, it’s often easier said than done, though. This is partly due to the fact that there is no perfect amount of water to drink each day. At minimum, drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water is recommended; however, the ideal amount is more like 11 cups for women and 15 cups for men.
On top of that, many of us overlook the subtle signs that our bodies are dehydrated, like fatigue, headache and decreased urine output. And by the time you’re feeling thirsty; your body is in need of hydration ASAP.
So, instead of telling you to drink more and more water, let’s look at some of the other easy ways you can keep your body hydrated. With what you eat daily accounting for nearly 20 percent of your daily hydration, simple changes, like eating more fruits and vegetables, will help keep you hydrated without having to run to the bathroom every five minutes.
Overall, fresh fruits and veggies are a great source of water. Not only that, but they are loaded with other vitamins and nutrients your body loves. So, whether you’re enjoying some fresh fruit for a snack, or eating a salad for lunch, this will help your body stay hydrated and replenished.
Keep in mind, though, that you don’t just have to eat these fruits and veggies raw and by themselves. Try incorporating them into a smoothie, added to water, or on top of your favorite breakfast food (cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and eggs are all perfect pairings for fresh fruits and veggies).
To get the most bang for your buck, keep these fruits and veggies in mind:
- Cucumber (95% water)
- Celery (95% water)
- Watermelon (92% water)
- Strawberries (92% water)
- Bell peppers (92% water)
- Grapefruit (91% water)
- Peaches (88% water)
- Baby carrots (87% water)
- Pineapple (87% water)
Find Your Perfect Diet
Staying hydrated is undoubtedly an important part of nearly every diet. However, good nutrition that makes you feel your best shouldn’t stop there. Because we all have unique nutritional needs, it can be difficult to determine everything your body needs by yourself. Instead, utilize the support and services of GMC’s Nutrition & Weight Management experts. With nutrition consultations and Diet by Design, our registered dietitians will provide you with a personalized diet that will help you to look and feel your best.