(KUTV) Fluid needs vary for each individual based on health, body size, level of activity, and environment.
Generally speaking, you should be drinking enough that you urinate regularly (6-8 times) throughout the day and your urine is a light yellow color.
If you don’t care for regular water as your primary source of hydration, try these other – low added sugar – options:
- Seltzer water – this has carbonation and can be slightly flavored
- Infused water – add slices of fruit, refreshing veggies, or herbs to plain water for added flavor
- Diluted fruit juices – try diluting any 100% fruit juice with equal parts water
- Milk – milk is about 87% water, regardless of fat content
- Smoothies – add ice for extra fluid
- Herbal tea – try an iced herbal tea for warmer days
Typically ~20% of your fluid needs are met via food, like these options:
- Fresh fruits and veggies – ones particularly high in water include melons, berries, citrus fruits, many leafy greens, cucumbers, and celery
- Broth based soups
- Grains – they absorb water when cooked and can aid in hydration
Watch the video above for more information.