Q: I don’t like drinking water. Is there another way I can get my water requirements in?

A: Although 60% of our body weight is composed of water, we can easily become dehydrated. Because we lose water daily in our perspiration, breath, urine, and bowel movements it is important that we replace it. As a general rule the amount of water we drink daily should be half of our body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day! Wow! That’s a lot of water, especially if water is not one of your favorite drinks. Don’t be discouraged, you can still get your hydration from other sources. Sip on some soup made with high water content cucumbers, zucchini and lettuce. Soup can be a good mid afternoon snack to boost your energy while supplying your body with some well needed hydration. Make a smoothie with water infused fruit such as, blueberries, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, raspberries, cantaloupes and watermelon. Don’t forget about tea. Whether hot or cold, it is a good source of water. You may want to omit the sugar though. Other fruit and vegetables you may want to add to your daily diet are pears, grapefruit and broccoli which contain at least 89% water. For more suggestions, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to our website.

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