Staying hydrated is one of the most important habits to keep your body healthy throughout every season of the year. While staying hydrated is usually associated with drinking water, this is not the only way to accomplish hydration. About 60 percent of our body is composed of water, and since we lose water every time we sweat, use the bathroom, or cry, it’s important to recover that water to maintain the balance.
Drinking water, among many other functions, helps deliver oxygen throughout the body, it lubricates the joints, it cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues, it flushes toxins from your organism and it helps form saliva and mucus.
Today, Salud brings you three ways to stay hydrated while you are home.
- Of course, drink water. This may sound obvious, but drinking fresh, regular water with no flavors or additions is the best way to stay hydrated. When you drink plain water, it’s usually just h2O with some essential minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. The benefit of drinking plain tap water without added sugar or sodium, or flavor, is that drinking water will actually quench the thirst, while the sugar and salts in beverages like juice and soda can make you more thirsty.
- Some flavored waters are actually beneficial for you. Of course, plain water is the best option, but sports beverages, for example, are a good option if you are working out since besides coming in different flavors, they contain electrolytes that will help keep you hydrated while performing intense physical activity. If you don’t need the electrolytes and aren’t looking for a sweet flavor, water with lemon can do the trick. Drinking water with lemon first thing in the morning can help with digestion, and some studies link it with weight loss. Although it’s not considered flavored water, fat-free milk is worth mentioning, since it is composed of about 90 to 99 percent water.
- Not all the water you consume has to come for beverages. Most of what we eat is also composed of a high percentage of water. As you can probably imagine, fruits and veggies contain the highest percentage of water. Cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, pickles, and cooked squash are some of our favorites, also containing 90 to 99 percent water.
Most experts recommend drinking between 8 glasses and a gallon of water a day, but it’s important to remember that most of what we eat and drink on a daily basis contain water, so, most of what you consume adds small amounts of water toward the goal, even coffee, and tea.
Have in mind that although most foods and beverages have high contents of water, there is nothing like a tall glass of fresh water to quench the thirst and get all your bodily functions aligned.
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