When summer arrives and temps soar, everyone talks about how important it is to drink plenty of fluids. However, no matter what the thermometer says, staying hydrated is a daily necessity! How exactly do our bodies use water? Simply put, it keeps every system in our bodies functioning properly to carry out numerous essential tasks.
To name a few, water helps in:
- maintaining electrolyte balance
- cushioning joints
- preventing constipation
- protecting organs and tissues
- regulating body temperature
- carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- flushing bacteria from your bladder
- aiding digestion
- normalizing blood pressure
- stabilizing the heartbeat
So, how much water should you really drink?
Water needs vary from person to person. Dozens of factors can affect a person’s individual water needs, from diet to exercising to sickness to the temperature outside. Women need to drink 4-7 cups of water a day and men should drink 6 to 11.
So why does the public think we should drink eight glasses of water a day? The now common recommendation was traced back to a 1921 essay, in which the author measured his own pee and sweat, and determined we lose about 3% of our body weight in water a day, which comes out to be about eight cups. Consequently, for the longest time, water requirement guidelines for humanity were based on just one person.
4 Ways to avoid dehydration:
- Avoid thirst! Essentially, thirst is a symptom of dehydration. Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we are 1-2% dehydrated.
- Signs to watch for: altered mood, dry eyes, headaches or dizziness, muscle cramping, fever or lack of sweat
- Check your urine color. If your urine is colorless/pale yellow, you are probably hydrated. The darker the color of your urine, the greater the hydration you require.
- Eat your water! It’s not just water that keeps your hydrated, you can also get fluids from water-rich foods, such as salads, veggies, fruits and applesauce.
Checkout this list of heavy hydrating foods, all of which are at least 90% water content by weight:
- Cucumbers: 96.7%
- Iceberg lettuce: 95.6%
- Celery: 95.4%
- Radishes: 95.3%
- Tomatoes: 94.5%
- Green peppers: 93.9%
- Cauliflower: 92.1%
- Watermelon: 91.5%
- Spinach: 91.4%
- Star fruit: 91.4%
- Strawberries: 91.0%
- Broccoli: 90.7%
- Grapefruit: 90.5%
- Baby carrots: 90.4%
- Cantaloupe: 90.2%
It’s quite easy to stay hydrated if you are eating a healthy whole food plant-based diet. Veestro will feed your hydration with numerous delicious organic gourmet plant-based meals and organic juices delivered to your doorstep!