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Stay Hydrated: Why You Should Skip Bottled Drinks and Reach for Water Instead

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It's important to stay hydrated. Water makes up 60% of the human body. And every system in the body needs water to work. Water keeps your body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure in check. Your hair, skin, and nails need it, too.

That’s why drinking enough fluids every day is important. How much? Many factors determine how much water you need:

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As temperatures rise, you likely sweat more and need more fluids.

How to Tell if You’re Dehydrated

Signs of dehydration include:

Why Water is Best

Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated. Many bottled drinks claim to help you stay hydrated while adding vitamins and minerals. But they may not be as healthy as you think. Some can make you more dehydrated. These drinks each have a purpose. But you shouldn’t regularly replace water with them.

Enhanced Waters

Water-based drinks may not be as good for you as you think. Many advertise having extra vitamins. But often, the added vitamins are B and C. Most people already get enough of them in their diet. And they have added artificial sweeteners and sugar.

Flavored Waters

While water is the main ingredient, pay attention to the label. Many include artificial and natural sweeteners.

Sports Drinks

These are for highly active people who do intense athletic activities. They can contain a lot of sugar and sodium, which can cause weight gain and high blood pressure.

Energy Drinks

While many include vitamins, they also contain caffeine and sugar. Drinking them regularly can lead to heart rhythm problems, headaches, high blood pressure, and anxiety.

Make Your Water Taste Better

Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but looking for a little more flavor? Try these:

Foods to Help You Stay Hydrated

Most of your fluids should come from water, but fruits and veggies can help you stay hydrated, too. Naturally hydrating and nutritious foods include watermelon, oranges, grapes, melon, celery, and cucumbers.

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