Water is one of the most abundant molecules on the planet. Hear that one more time. Water is one of the most abundant molecules on the planet. So why aren’t we getting enough of it?

One possible reason is that Americans reportedly consume 44 gallons of soda on average every single year, substituting nature’s nectar for a sugary drink that we think will quench our thirst. We actually drink everything under the sun from Gatorade to coffee to alcohol when we’re thirsty - needing and hoping it does its job of refreshment. Unfortunately, none of these even come close to fully hydrating our bodies like good ol’ water.

Foods That Are A Good Source Of Water

On average most people get about 20% of their water intake from food. Most are fruits but there are also some untapped sources that you wouldn’t even think about like oatmeal.

Some foods obviously contain more water than others, like watermelon for instance, which is comprised of 90% water but no matter what the following list of foods can contribute to your daily water intake.

  • Watermelon
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Oatmeal
  • Cantaloupe
  • Yogurt
  • Grapefruit
  • Soup
  • Honeydew Melons
  • Smoothies
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Zuchinni

This list isn’t going to do you any good, however, unless you know when to hydrate and how much. Here’s a good start for you to test your water knowledge.

Causes & Symptoms Of Dehydration

Common culprits of dehydration often work together and do a double whammy on us before we even realize it. These causes include sunburn, lack of water intake, stress, sickness, prescription medicine, exercise, pregnancy, and alcohol. It’s easy to get dehydrated if we aren’t paying attention to how important our water intake is day to day.

So how do I know if I’m dehydrated? There are quite a few signs that point to you filling up that water bottle and chugging it down, and the most common is simple thirst. Sad to say when we do get thirsty we’re reaching for the wrong things, so dehydration can get worse. These other common symptoms of dehydration can sneak up on you so make yourself aware and go grab yourself a glass of water. You should really be doing that anyway shouldn’t you?

Benefits Of Water

We've all seen those commercials of the pretty lady splashing water on her face signifying how awesomely hydrated her skin will be when she uses skin cream XYZ, then, of course, we go and DON'T pour ourselves a glass of water, but something different entirely, like wine.

Well, wine has its own benefits in moderation but that's a different conversation. By keeping yourself hydrated with water you're tapping into one of the most natural ingredients that can get us healthy and keep us healthy. I guess it’s your loss if you don’t want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Have better skin
  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase your energy
  • Flush out toxins
  • Increase physical performance

I mean, who really wants all that? (seriously kidding)

Bottom line, getting enough water is important especially since our bodies are made up of 60-75% of it. It’s crucial to the functionality of our bodies, including our spines and joints. Contact us today if you have any questions about dehydration and how we can help!