The forecast for Toronto today and all week is stupid, gross, disgusting hot and humid. Perfect time to discuss hydration!
Most people know that it is important to drink water, so I am always surprised how many people don't. A life of sweetened beverages has left some people with a distaste for what is really, the most important nutrient we all need! Water is considered plain and boring, so when faced with water versus pop or juice, most people will pick the latter options. This is a big mistake because drinking calories is the best way to add extra pounds, and sweetened beverages are associated with chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, etc.
You can, as I am sure you already know, lightly flavour your water with cucumber and lemon slices, or even naturally flavoured, stevia-sweetened water enhancers, but if that doesn't float your boat, fear not, you don't actually have to chug water to get the hydration you need. Yeah, that's right, turns out the whole 8 glasses of water a day recommendation is bull. In other good news, caffeine isn't nearly as dehydrating as we once thought, so coffee and tea (leave out the cream and sugar), are actually hydrating. Alcohol is a diuretic, however, so beer, wine and cocktails are not a good choice.
The best news yet for you water haters out there, is that pretty much all of your hydration needs (but please do sip some water while working out, especially if you do endurance exercise), can be gotten from food. Yes, you can eat your water!
Some of the foods with the highest water content and lots of health benefits include (source):
Did you notice anything? Yep, they're all fruits and veggies. So drop the slurpee and grab some fresh produce. Just another reason (to add to the 6 million others) to eat your veggies!!