Posted: Apr 30, 2013
Ensuring that you are properly hydrated is important. Not consuming enough fluids can lead to fatigue, irritability, headaches and hunger. All fluids contribute to your daily requirement including those in soups, yogurt, fruits and vegetables. Coffee and tea also count (watch the caffeine, however). Your best bet to stay on the happy side of fluid balance though, is water as it's free of calories. Yet, many tell me that they do not like water; that it's too boring. The good news is that there are many ways to liven-up your H2O if need be. Adding lemon, lime, cucumber or trying sparkling water such as Perrier are options. You can also add products such as Crystal Light Liquid Drink Mix (pictured). These are great as they are free of calories and you can add a little or a lot, depending on your preference. Whatever you decide to do, aim for at least 1500mL/day with 2-3 litres being ideal for most adults.
Mark McGill, RD