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Keep your body hydrated with more than just water

Staying hydrated is important even during the cooler weather. Your body uses water to keep cells, organs and tissues functioning properly. Every day activities cause your body to lose water and sweating causes you to lose even more.

Dehydration can lead to headaches, muscle aches, dry mouth, and even decreased energy. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day to meet the minimum water intake requirements. If you are bored with plain water try these water alternatives to increase your fluid intake and keep yourself hydrated.

Eat more fruits and vegetables - Fruits and vegetables have a high water content. Some can even provide up to half a cup of water per serving. Those at the top of the list are blueberries, watermelon, tomatoes, and zucchini. Enjoy a veggie filled salad or wrap, or snack on a fruit salad.

Add natural flavors to your water - Make your water more exciting by adding fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Cucumber provides a refreshing taste. Lemon and lime add a citrus kick. Ginger makes your water spicy and soothing.

Drink coconut water - This plain water alternative has the same electrolyte proportion as human cells, and therefore hydrates you perfectly. Drink it straight or mix it with another beverage and enjoy. Try it with some pineapple juice for a tropical refresher.

Trade coffee for herbal tea - Coffee dehydrates the body while decaffeinated tea does not. Make some herbal tea to warm up on a cool day. Peppermint, ginger, or green tea are refreshing and flavorful choices. The increased antioxidants in these teas will provide your body with just what it needs.

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