What are some ways I can increase my fluid intake?

We get fluid not only from drinking it, but many foods have large amounts of water. Watermelon is 91% water, carrots are 92% and cucumbers are 96%! Even yogurt is 85% water. So much of our daily fluid needs can be met with water-rich foods.
Here are a some tips for increasing your fluid intake during the day: Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up each day; Every morning, fill a 64-ounce to 96-ounce container with water for the day. When you drink all the water in the container, you have met your estimated daily water need of 8 to 12 cups; Drink water with meals and snacks; Add slices of lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber to water for a hint of flavor; Start your meal with soup occasionally; Take a refillable water bottle or backpack thermos with you to work and when running errands.; Keep a cup of water on your desk to sip on as you work at the computer; When passing a water fountain, stop and take a drink; At social gatherings substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drink or soda; Drink water before, every 15 minutes during, and after physical activity; Eat high-water foods like fruits and vegetables which can also make a big contribution to your total daily fluid intake.

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Plenty of water in your diet helps digestion, skin, and muscle tone. It can help prevent cramping during exercise and even relive stress. Many times we are low on water - dehydrated, and don't realize it. Being dehydrated can mani...

fest with symptoms like fatigue and depression. In fact, by the time we are feeling thirsty, we're already slightly dehydrated. That's one reason that we hear the recommendation to drink eight standard glasses of water daily. Adequate water helps you digest food an helps your body get rid of wastes. Your kidneys need to process water for you to eliminate waste by urination, and getting enough water ensures that these wastes are diluted. Not getting enough water can encourage the formation of painful kidney stones.

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