How Much Do You Really Know About Hydration?

Benefits of hydrationIf you’ve ever browsed a health magazine or spent half a minute with a dietitian, you’ve heard about the endless benefits of hydration. Some of the information on how to stay hydrated can be confusing, and other parts are simply wrong. We’re going to fill you in on hydration (with simple answers), the benefits, and how to keep your body properly hydrated.

If I’m thirsty, am I dehydrated?

No, you may just be thirsty. When your kidneys send the signal to the brain that more water is needed, your brain sends out a thirst cue. The key is to drink water as soon as you feel that thirst sensation. It’s not until you ignore your body’s need for water for an extended period of time do you become dehydrated.

Will I lose weight if I stay hydrated?

One of the many benefits water offers the body is keeping it full. When your body feels fuller longer, you get fewer hunger pains, eat a little less, and shed a few pounds. Water should definitely be included in your weight loss journey.

Are there any foods that support staying hydrated?

Yes! Several of them, actually. While your body needs water every day, these foods can also give you a hydration boost:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Green peppers
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit

Fill your plate with these high-water-content fruits and veggies for the vitamins and minerals your body needs and the added hydration.

How much water should I drink?

The age-old question that seems to spark a different equation depending on your diet plan. Every body is different, so start with a couple of liters each day. On days you workout or are recovering from too many cocktails, you’ll need to increase your water.

Which foods cause dehydration?

Don’t drink all that water in vain. Learn to balance your diet so that foods you take in will help keep you hydrated. Avoid food that will cause dehydration, like:

  • Alcohol
  • High-sodium dishes or snacks (Potato chips, canned goods, frozen meals)
  • Foods and beverages high in sugar (Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks)

Keeping your body properly hydrated comes with more benefits that weight loss and clear skin. By increasing your water, you support healthy joints, help ward off headaches, and increase your energy level.