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Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated

By Sandy Schroeder

When things get busy, you may find yourself drinking more soda, tea, beer, wine or coffee, but forgetting to drink enough water.

I have started putting a canister of water on my desk, which prompts me to drink enough water, and to get up and move around during the day.

Why Water Is So Important

The body is about 60 percent water; when dehydration occurs it affects everything from digestion to energy level. Staying hydrated allows the body to get needed nutrients that help the digestive system to function normally.

Check for Hydration

Real Simple tells us to check color and frequency to stay hydrated. Two-hour schedules are considered normal. A deep amber color with a six-hour schedule is not normal.  If you are having issues, start increasing your water intake and schedule a check-up with your doctor.

You can also check skin elasticity and watch for fatigue, dizziness and brain fog. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand and release. If it releases slowly you may be dehydrated. When you are fully hydrated your skin will be smooth and glowing.

Add Water With Your Foods

Here are some fruits that are rich with water.

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Watermelon
  • Coconut water

Use these vegetables to add more water. Many of them are over 90 percent water.

  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green peppers

More Ways to Add Water

Enjoy your favorite chicken or bone broth soups and add carrots, celery or potatoes. Watch the salt, but nutritionists say a little sodium is good for hydration. You can also get more water in popsicles, smoothies, stews and slushies. Try these tips too:

  • Flavor your water with limes
  • Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day
  • Take water breaks
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal

Watch Alcohol, Caffeine and Sodium

Moderation works when you follow each cup of coffee or glass of wine with a glass of water.  Eat less processed foods and sweet treats too to avoid excess sugar and salt. Coffee is a diuretic that can dehydrate you. If you are drinking coffee morning, noon and night, start counting the cups and consider cutting back to stay hydrated and to sleep better.

With a little caution you can stay hydrated and healthy and enjoy your normal diet.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Land, Tex.

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