Water is one of the most important ingredients in our bodies. Two-thirds of our body weight is made up of water. Water keeps our bodies hydrated and allows all of our organs to function smoothly, as well as cleaning out toxins from our systems. It is vital that our body gets the amount of water it needs. The summer season is upon us and high temperatures increase our need for water even more.
Even mild dehydration will make your body operate with less efficiency. The effects include headaches, decreased coordination, impaired judgment, and fatigue. In fact, research has shown that a mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory loss, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page. So you can boost your productivity by drinking more water.
The average day’s loss of body fluid is generally replaced by the liquids we drink and the foods we eat. The rate of loss will vary according to activity level, air temperature, humidity, and altitude. The amount of fluid required to stay hydrated can be significantly increased by exercise and sweating, especially in hot dry climates.
A general rule of thumb is to drink about 8-10 glasses of water per day. The Israeli army puts a little lemon juice in their water, which helps them drink more. While 90% of juice or milk counts toward your daily water intake, avoid coffee, tea, Coke, and alcoholic beverages because they actually cause fluid loss.
Always reach for a glass of water first, before having a snack. Salty snacks will make you feel thirstier, but too much salt is bad for you. Eat fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and water to satisfy your hunger pangs while helping you stay hydrated and lose weight at the same time. The following infographic lists 15 foods that naturally have high water content.