Eat Your Water
Another great way to supplement you plain water intake is to “Eat you water”. Many foods can provide substantial amounts of your water intake and can make it more fun to meet your water levels. Fruit and vegetables can provide large amounts of water. Have a look below to get an idea just how much some water fruit and vegetables contain:
Water content of various fruit & vegetables
Things that can create dehydration
Foods which are processed or high in sugar, or any with caffeine or alcohol in them are also not good for helping you stay dehydrated. While we’re not saying you should stop eating or drinking these items, we would caution you to exercise moderation.
We should all drink at least 1 gallon of water per day – I know for me drinking it in smaller portions with a reusable straw makes it easier to get accomplished daily. There will be days where drinking a gallon of water is not necessary, again a time to listen to your body. If you find, for example, you are eating fruits and vegetables that are high in water then you might not need to drink a full gallon of water. If you know you have a planned activity outside in heat, it is always better to hydrate the day prior. It is never good to play catchup when you are already dehydrated…you won’t catch up.