Fact: Our bodies are made up of 60% water. So it is no wonder that with all the functions our body, alone internally does + the activity that we add to that consumes that water supply. In 2013 alone, it was reported that nearly 75% of Americans are experiencing Chronic Dehydration, per http://www.medicaldaily.com.
“60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine,” explained Dr. Roberta Lee. “Because the human body is so unique that it will say ‘I want water’ in food, in any way, shape or form,” said Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital. “People just think that when they start to get a little weak or they have a headache, they need to eat something, but most often they need to drink.” http://www.medicaldaily.com
So now that we have the gruesome statistics, what are we gonna do about it. For years, I have heard people referring to drinking tea and coffee as their water intake, well, now I’m giving you researched facts on the matter.
The following is your list of drinks and foods that truly “count” towards your body’s rehydration levels, apart from water itself:
- Fruit – With the biggest water heavyweight champion being … Yep, Watermelon = 92% water…
- Vegetables – Depending on the vegetable chosen can be a good source… like lettuce = 94.9% water content.
- Tea – The National Health Service, UK, quoted, “Drinking four to six mugs of tea a day is as good for keeping you hydrated as a litre of water,” reported the Daily Mail.”
- Fruit Juice
- Flavored water – Vitamin Water…
This is just a short list to get you started off in the right direction. Always remember, when in doubt, check it out, Google search it and you will find the best path or method for you. Here’s to maintaining good health!
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