To pump up your intake, you first need to recognize all the places you can (and can’t) turn to for hydration. Yes, beverages like milk and juice give you a dose of H20. But so do popular summertime foods like watermelon, tomatoes and leafy greens. A glass you don’t want to reach for if your goal is hydration: a tall iced coffee or a margarita. Anything that contains caffeine or alcohol will act as a diuretic, causing you to lose water through frequent urination.
Committed to the “clear” choice? Here are some simple ways to get more water into your day:
- Drink up first thing. Instead of a hot cup of coffee, start your morning with a cool glass of water.
- Dilute your fruit juice. Try mixing it with seltzer or water. Consider filling your glass ¾ or almost full of water and just topping it off with a little cranberry juice or orange juice.
- Keep a large water bottle on your desk and make sure to finish it every day.
- Drink a full glass with each snack and meal of the day.
Reminder: It’s important not to wait until you are thirsty to drink water. By then you’re probably already dehydrated!
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Registered dietician Elizabeth Fassberg runs Eat Food, a New York City-based company that designs and delivers custom food and nutrition programs for businesses, organizations and individuals. She’s coaching the Avagliano family through the six-month Healthy Family Challenge.