Staying adequately hydrated is one of the single most important things you can do to enhance and support your health. Given that our bodies are made up of over 70% water, we cannot deny its impact on our well being when we just don’t drink enough of it. Water sustains life; our body uses water for all its cell, organ, and tissue functions, and plays an important role in maintaining our body temperature and digestive processes too. Without drinking enough water we will soon begin to feel below par and set ourselves up for sickness and ill health. In recent times, many beverage companies have produced water infusions to help us on our way to healthy hydration, the same applies when we think of tea and coffee- there is a definite trend to adding different tastes and flavor to what we drink.
How can you ensure you are drinking what you need to support your health? Here are some tips to help you.
Water over Juice
Many fruit juices are highly concentrated, so may not be as healthy as we are led to believe. Of course, including fruit juice is a good way of hydrating yourself and also getting a dose of vitamins and minerals but natural fruit juice that is not from concentrate is somewhat better for you. Many concentrated fruit juices contain added sugars and preservatives, do not provide valuable vitamin intake and rarely quench your thirst. Concentrated fruit juices can be fairly acidic too, and this breaks down the enamel on our teeth.
If you have young children, aim to limit their fruit juice intake and turn toward the water, or naturally infused water as their main beverage (infuse with strawberries, cucumber, or herbs like lavender and mint). For adults, try infusions with turmeric or ginger- great for an energy boost also. The main takeaway is that juice should never wholly take the place of water, for adults or children.
There are many foods that are just bathing in water richness. A good way to boost your hydration is by ensuring you are eating fruits and veg that are mega-high in water content. Cucumber, watermelon, zucchini, grapefruit, peppers, broccoli, and spinach are just a few that are comprised of over 90% water, strawberries and much other fruit and veg often contain anything between 70-80% water. These foods can replenish your body with much-needed vitamins, minerals, and amino acids- they can come in quite handy after a workout rather than reaching for a sports drink.