The Well In Wellness: Surprising Facts About Water

Photo-of-Surprising-water-facts-LocateADocWhatever the latest food trend--quinoa, locally sourced everything, gluten free--chances are you're on it. But you might be depriving yourself from the most basic thing you can do for your health and wellness: drinking enough water.

Food/Water Basics

Water accounts for about 70% of our body makeup, a similar amount is found in the foods we eat. According to the Institute of Medicine, water accounts for about 20% of our daily dietary needs, and it turns out there are more options than going to the well for it.

Water From Foods Is Just As Good

The hydration we get from solid foods is just as good as what we get from drinking straight water. For instance, a basic meal consisting of a grilled chicken breast, served with a salad and some veggies nets about 1 cup of H2O. We can mitigate our H2O shortcomings simply by choosing to consume foods rich in water. There's also a perk to this: Foods rich in water helps trim us down! Surprise!

9 Glasses A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

We need to drink 9 glasses of water a day. The best gauge to see if you are dehydrated or not is to check your urine. "You want it to be the color of lemonade," says Kim Larson, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coffee Counts

For most of us, a cup of coffee to start the day is a necessary habit. Good news is that if you drink coffee regularly, the caffeine does not dehydrate your body, so go ahead and have that morning cup of joe.

Our bodies do not store fluids in the same manner as other living things. We're not camels and our health and wellness depends on consuming enough water to survive, so we have to keep up with this every single day. If you have questions concerning which kinds of food products can help get you over the dehydration hump, speak with a nutritionist, and keep this article in mind!

For more health and wellness tips, visit our resources section and read about the additional benefits of staying hydrated.

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