In the second of my two-part series on water, I share some of the most common questions/comments I get from my patients and the advice I provide in response:
“I forgot to drink water today.”
It’s not that you “forgot,” as much as it’s that you have not yet made it part of your daily routine. My advice is to carry a refillable water bottle. Bottle filling stations are now commonplace so take yours with you. When you see one, you’ll remember to drink what you’ve been carrying and then fill up again.
“I don’t like water.”
You don’t have to like it but you do have to drink it. If plain water is boring, add a squeeze of citrus, some pomegranate juice or even fresh strawberry slices.
“I can’t drink 8 glasses per day.”
Yes, you can! Try drinking one cup with each meal; one cup before bed; and one when you wake up. That’s five! Add some sporadically throughout the day and you’ve almost met your quota.
“How can I hydrate without drinking a glass of water?”
There are many foods you probably already eat that contain water. As an example, fruits and vegetables contain 75% water or more. Have a snack of watermelon, cantaloupe or an orange. They taste great, are sweet and nutritious, and contain lots of water.
“Any other ways?”
Absolutely! It may be surprising to you but dairy contains a high concentration of water. A yogurt or glass of milk can hydrate you as well as make a great snack because it contains a combination of amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are ideal for recovery after a strenuous workout.
“Isn’t there water in most of the foods I eat?”
Yes, but not enough. You should hydrate your body through a combination of drinking water as well as consuming foods that have a high water content. As an example, broth-based soups are hydrating. They are easy to make and can be seasoned to your liking. There are endless hot (think vegetable soup and bone broth) and cold (think gazpacho) options so you can find a recipe that suits you for any season.
The total amount of water you need per day depends on a variety of factors, including your medical history, exercise regimen and where you live. It’s best to consult with a registered dietitian who can help determine your specific needs. Contact me to schedule your session today.
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