W is for Water


By Megan Barnes, Dietetic Intern

Your bodies need water to survive. All of your cells and organs rely on water for normal bodily function. Water keeps you hydrated, which means it allows you to produce saliva, lubricate your bones and joints, keep your body temperature under control, and help your bodies get rid of toxins and waste.

Specific water requirements depend on weight, age, and activity level. The current recommendation from the Institute of Medicine for the average adult is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. You may be surprised by this number, and not many Americans successfully hit this number every day. However, we do get additional water from certain foods and other beverages. Except for coffee and alcohol; those beverages do not count towards water intake even though they can be made with water. Those products are diuretics, meaning they cause us to release water.

Do you have a goal to drink more water? Drinking more water can improve your quality of sleep, provide you with more energy throughout your day, improve focus and mood, even promote weight loss and more!

Studies have also shown that adding flavor to drinks can increase consumption. For low calorie options try sparkling water or infused water by adding your own fruit, herbs, and/or vegetables. Options include but are not limited to:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • And MORE! H ave fun trying out different combinations…and stay hydrated!