Water is often called, “the elixir of life.” Proper hydration does not just come from drinking water. While the daily intake of water is the main source of keeping your body hydrated, there are other sources you should also consider in your diet.
“When you realize that up to 60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that proper hydration is a key to many different aspects of our health,” explained Indiana American Water President, Deborah Dewey. “Drinking plenty of water, eating foods rich in water and cutting down our intake of harmful foods and drinks is something we can all do to lead a healthier life.”
This Thanksgiving and holiday season, those preparing lunches and dinners should consider using grapefruit, watermelon, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, cantaloupe, cauliflower, tomatoes, strawberries, celery, broccoli or spinach as appetizers or meal additions. All of these options are 89 to 96 percent water based and will provide extra hydration this holiday season.
Harvard Medical School notes, “A healthy person needs 30 to 50 ounces of fluid per day. Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.”
Additionally, they tell readers that older adults often don’t get enough fluids and are more at risk for dehydration. Providing water-based snacks, appetizers and food in meals will help combat these risks.