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Hydration: Drink More Water

 

We don’t function at full capacity when we’re dehydrated. The Institute of Medicine recommends roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of water per day for adult men and 9 cups (2.2 liters) per day for women. There are many simple ways to make sure you and your family are drinking plenty of fluids each day. Remember, food provides about 20 percent of water intake as well and many fruits and vegetables are more than 90 percent water by weight. Make an effort to monitor your fluid intake and you’ll be functioning better in no time.

Try these simple changes to maintain hydration:

  • Drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake-up.
  • Replace soda with flavored water for a healthier treat.
  • Keep a water bottle with you during the day and make a point to refill it at least three times.
  • Drink water with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Add more high-water-content fruits and vegetables to your diet.