Why is drinking water important? Our bodies are made up of over 60% water and how we hydrate our bodies helps with body temperature and lubrication and cushions our joints and spinal cord.
How does water help your body? “Water and fluids help keep your temperature normal, lubricate and cushion joints, protect our spinal cord, and other tissues.”(CDC)
What food sources contain water? Water can be found in high fluid-content fruits and vegetables; broths and dairy, including fat-free milk; tomatoes, strawberries, pickles, cooked squash, apples, carrots and cooked broccoli, yogurt and pears.
When does your body need more water? When you have diarrhea or vomiting, high fever, live in hot climates (Louisiana heat!) and experience an increase in physical activity.
How can we include water in our daily activities? Keep water with you at all times, substitute water for sugar-sweetened beverages, drink herbal teas, add fruit such as lemon or limes to water, flavor with herbs such as mint leaves. According to the CDC, “substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage will save you about 240 calories.”
These recommendations are healthy options to hydrating your body.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture