Although our water needs vary, starting your day with a glass of water will help get you hydrated from the get-go.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. In fact, our water needs vary from person to person. We consume water in the foods we eat (fruits and vegetables) and the beverages we drink. Instead of counting ounces, follow these straightforward guidelines to find balance for your body:
Prevention is key when it comes to staying properly hydrated. Get an early start and drink a glass of water right out of bed. Throughout the day, make water accessible by carrying a reusable bottle. If water’s flavor is too plain for your taste buds, make a splash by adding a slice of citrus fruit or cucumber to your glass. Using these tips you can gauge your water tank intuitively.
— Hayley Segal, MS, dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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