We have all heard about how important water is in regard to our overall health and well-being. Did you know that our body consists of about 60% to 70% of water? This includes water contained in our blood, brains, lungs, and muscles.

The water in our body is also used to regulate our body temperature and move nutrients throughout our body and to the organs and cells that need it to function properly. Water also helps our bodies remove the unwanted waste and provides the support that our joints need.

So what are the ways that you can get properly hydrated with water, and how do you know if you are getting enough?

  • Signs of dehydration include headaches, dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, etc. Dehydration can negatively affect your body.
  • You can get the water you need from things other than drinking water. Herbal teas, rice and soy beverages, and milk not only hydrates your body but contains other nutrients that your body needs.
  • Canned soups and broths are also excellent sources of water for your body. Just be aware that soups often contain high amounts of sodium that can also dehydrate your body.
  • Be aware that while you are exercising and making your heart healthy, you lose a lot of water through sweat. Try to drink water while you are working out to prevent from becoming dehydrated.

Marlene Veloso