Thursday, July 23, 2009

Not Getting Enough Water? Eat Your Way To Hydration

Are you one of the many people who find it easier and more appetizing to grab a coffee on the go rather than downing a bottle of plain, flavourless water? I mean, they're the same price at the store. If so, you're not alone. Sure, coffee, tea and sodas are indeed liquids that might temporarily quench your thirst, however they also contain caffeine, a diuretic, which will ultimately result in a greater amount of water loss throughout the day, and oftentimes, dehydration.

Many people mistakenly think that since they're tired and run down, reaching for caffeinated beverages might temporarily restore their sense of wakefulness. But, as you might know from experience, this trick doesn't always work. The reason, you're probably dehydrated!

So what's a person to do? Well, aside from keeping a bottle of water by your side whenever possible, try keeping a stash of water-rich foods like celery, cucumber or watermelon nearby to nosh on throughout the day. The reason? Well, not only are these foods very low in calories as a result of being nearly 90% water, they are also loaded with vitamins and minerals that are essential for optimal health. Translation: they can give you a much-needed energy boost when you're feeling drained. Prime examples - the 3 o'clock slump or right after the gym.

Studies have shown that the replenishing electrolytes found in foods such as watermelon, cucumber and celery allow them to be up to two times more hydrating than plain old water, similar to the effects of sports drinks like gatorade. But, quite unlike gatorade, these foods contain no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or additional refined sugars!

But wait just a minute, now - don't think you can cop out of drinking those 2.5L of water per day just because you're downing some extra watermelon. Be sure to drink plenty of water in addition to consuming water-containing foods in order to cut down on calories, stay full and hydrated, counteract the dehydrating effects of caffeine and rev up your metabolism!