Fit Food Finds: Good Hydration = Good Health

Fit Food Finds:  Good Hydration = Good Health

As the weather turns warmer, most people become much more active. It's a great time to explore the best ways to keep the body hydrated. There are many factors that influence your need for fluid. They include the intensity of exercise routines, hot and humid weather, and illness or health conditions.

Many experts agree that consuming eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is good for your health. And staying hydrated is known to improve personal appearance by making hair shinier and skin look healthier.

Coffee, caffeinated tea and alcoholic beverages are not believed to be good choices for physical hydration. In fact, they are considered diuretics and can deplete your body of fluid. That doesn't mean that you should eliminate them altogether, but it is wise to consume water, healthy beverages, and foods that have high water content.

Some possible suggestions for good hydration are below:

  1. Seltzer and sparkling waters with a flavoring and no additives or calories are a good choice especially for people who like some fizzle in their beverages.
  2. You will likely consume much more water when it is at room temperature than when it is ice cold. Always keep a pitcher of fresh water on your counter.
  3. Enjoy herbal teas, iced or hot, for a tasty beverage. You may be surprised by the many appealing flavors that are available.
  4. Eat vegetables and fruits that have a high water content like cucumbers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, melons, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and many more.
  5. Make refreshing ice pops out of your favorite juices for a warm weather treat.
  6. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. A refillable one is best for the environment and you can replenish your supply no matter where you are.
  7. When dining out, drink water along with your other beverages.

Hydration is important for the health of adults and children alike. Be sure that your whole family keeps good track of their beverage intake.

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Marina Kennedy Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for Broadwayworld.com on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine World.com and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in Fitnessworld.com, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for Broadwayworld.com.
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