Even a 2% loss in hydration can lead to a decline in cognitive function. Do you experience fatigue and brain fog? You may have the first signs of dehydration. Joint pain, aching muscles, and urinary and digestive tract issues are also signs of not getting enough water. Dehydration can age you fast!
Drinking eight glasses of water every day is one way to keep hydrated. I keep a glass of water by my bed and drink it throughout the night if I wake up with a dry mouth. Another way to stay hydrated is to eat foods with high water content. Your body is made up of 60 percent water, which may sound like a lot until you consider that some vegetables consist of more than 90 percent water. Cucumbers, lettuce, celery, Chinese cabbage (such as bok-choy), radishes, watercress, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, asparagus, portobello mushrooms, Swiss chard, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnips are the winners in the water content game. Cooking removes a lot of the water, so try to eat vegetables raw. A large salad for lunch which includes as many of these vegetables as you can eat can be life-changing.
Fresh fruit is another way to get more water into your body. Grapefruit, watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, lemons, peaches, Asian pears, blackberries, papayas, nectarines, prickly pears, pineapples, plums, oranges, and apples lead the way in water content.
I try to eat at least two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables per day and drink a lot of water without ice. For example, I often finish a glass before our orders arrive and the waiter may refill my glass as many as three times during our meal. I get many questions about maintaining my weight loss and the quality of my skin. I attribute my success to water consumption, eating small meals consisting of mostly greens, grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds and a few nuts. Skipping the evening meal on most days has improved my sleep quality, given me more energy and helped keep my weight at ideal levels.
These photos are from the 4th of July. We spent another fun day in the village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina shopping and having lunch. The royal blue shirt is from Express here. My Fair Lady supplied the Lior Paris “Lize” straight leg smooth waistband pants. The bag is by F&W Style. It is the same one I carried as an evening bag here. I added the shoulder strap to wear it as a casual crossbody bag for daytime. The shoes are by Sam Edelman from last year, similar here. The hat is by Scala here. Links in my blog posts may generate a small commission for Susan After 60 Inc.
Have a fabulous weekend!