Check Your Health: How to stay hydrated if you don’t like water

Check Your Health: How to stay hydrated if you don’t like water (File photo: MGN Online)

(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
  • Yogurt
  • Grains – they absorb water when cooked and can aid in hydration

Watch the video above for more information.