Hydrate Without Drinking "Water"Written by Tigre Haller
Everyone needs to stay hydrated. It’s life 101. Especially during times like these when we need to do everything we can to keep our bodies, and minds, healthy.
But, so many people don’t like drinking water and end up dehydrated without even realizing it. This leads to depleted energy, sickness, disorientation, listlessness and other problems. Not a good thing. Especially with the warmer weather coming.
When you think of hydrating, the first thing that comes to mind is probably water. There’s a good reason for that. Do you know why? Let me answer that question with a question:
Do you know what percentage of water the body of an average adult man should be? Think about it…
I’ll give you the answer at the end of the article.
Sure, water isn’t for everyone. “It doesn’t have a taste.” “It’s too filling.” “It makes me pee.” OK, legitimate complaints. But they don’t negate the fact that you still need to hydrate - that’s non-negotiable.
Read on to discover 8 great ways to hydrate without drinking water - before you know it you’ll start developing the habit.
It’s pretty eye-opening and thirst-quenching stuff:
1. Fresh Fruit
You probably know that fresh fruit and veggies pack in a whole lot of nutritional value. Did you also know that they contain an incredible amount of moisture?
Watermelon packs a whole lot of - yes, water - and deliciousness. Especially when it’s nice and cold. A summertime staple.
Strawberries and cantaloupe are two great hydrators and pair so well together. Oh how sweet it is! Peaches and grapes just ooze hydrating goodness. Num, num.
Oranges and grapefruit aren’t just fantastic sources of vitamin C, they’re chock full of liquid. Imagine how hydrated you’ll get with a tall glass of juice. Wowza!
2. Lemon and Lime Water
These two citrus fruits are packs of wonder. Forget the sugary lemonade you had as a kid (and might still have) and make your own, or at least your own lemon-lime water.
This is an instant and natural way to keep hydrated throughout the day. Lemon water is also a cool foundation for a natural sports energy drink. For an extra flavor boost, add a bit of honey, mint or ginger. What a charge!
3. Water Rich Veggies
Out of the entire vegetable kingdom, there are a few that stand out when it comes to hydration:
Lettuce, bell peppers, cauliflower, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and celery all boast high water content. Why not make your next salad a wet one? Spritz with some lemon and voila! A bowl of hydration.
4. Soups On
It makes sense that soups and broths are excellent sources of hydration given the fact that water, or other liquids are essential.
From a rich vegetable and bean in the winter to a cold potato leek or strawberry in the summer, soups and broths are great to make and enjoy anytime of the year. Ding-a-ling.
This one might be a bit counterintuitive. How can something as dry as oats generate any kind of hydration?
Think about it: the oats expand and soak up the liquid they’re cooked with, so not only will your tummy be satisfied, you’ll also get the added benefit of the hydrated oats. Ahhh...pure comfort.
6. Coconut “Water”
It should probably be called coconut juice, because that’s what it is. Not only is it nutritious and delicious, it’s full of energy restoring electrolytes which makes it the perfect after exercise drink. Or the perfect anytime drink. Who put the lime in the coconut...
7. Real Smooth
Blending smoothies with a mix of yogurt, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables is a quick and easy way to help you stay hydrated. Smoothies also make a healthy snack. Bonus!
8. Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt is not only full of beneficial germs which promote a healthy gut, a cup of the creamy goodness contains a high percentage of water so it is a perfect hydrator. Add some fruit and nuts for some extra pow!
There you have it, 8 delicious ways to get into the habit staying hydrated and healthy. How fun is that?
Leave a comment below with your thoughts and any tips.
...Have you figured out what percentage of an average adult man’s body should be water? The answer is... between 50% to 65%.
Remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So, don’t wait!