25-09-2017 01:00 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Five easy ways to stay at optimum levels
The root cause of many illnesses is the stomach and health problems get even more aggravated due to dehydration. It is very important to drink sufficient water as the lack of it leads to a dip in mood and energy levels making it hard to focus on our work.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency services physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City explains that the colour of urine is a reliable indicator of your state of hydration. A deeper yellow color can indicate dehydration. It means you need to take more fluids.
However, everyone is not able to empty 2 -3 litres of water daily. Sometimes the thought of drinking one more glass of water is unbearable. Here are some other surprising ways to quench your thirst.
Watermelon comprises of 92% water and offers other health benefits like vitamins C, A, and B6. It is also a leading source of lycopene, an antioxidant that is known to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. They can be cut into cubes or scooped out and stored in the freezer. Have this refreshing fruit after a workout or strenuous physical work and feel replenished and rejuvenated.
Lettuce also contains a whopping 95% water and is the ideal green for hydrating, For optimum benefits, use the green outer leaves as they are known to have a higher water content. Stuff the leaves in burger or sandwiches or use them liberally in salads.
Coconut water is undoubtedly far better than plain water as it replenishes the body fluids and is said to be just as good as sports drinks. It is the water tapped from tender, green coconuts and is not to be confused with coconut milk that contains high calories. It contains potassium and sodium and helps to retain water when you perspire.
Dry oats are not by themselves hydrating, but when added to milk or water are incredibly absorbent. The soluble fiber is known to keep blood sugar levels even and help to reduce bad cholesterol.
Rice, when cooked, fluffs up with water offering a hydrating side to any meal. We usually cook rice adding two parts water to one part of rice and a pinch of salt. Rice, when cooked, rice doubles due to the absorption of water and the added salt helps the body to retain water for long.
One cup of yogurt apart from containing an impressive 85% water and also provides additional nutritional benefits like good bacteria for your gut and calcium for your bones.
So now, if you are bored with drinking plain water, go for the above alternatives to stay hydrated.