Age Gracefully with these Hydrating Beverages and Foods

Susan Hoff
February 2, 2024

Hydration is the overlooked key to healthy and graceful aging.

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As we go through the journey of aging gracefully, certain factors become increasingly important for our well-being. One of these is hydration, which is often overlooked not only as we age, but through life in general. As a result, today we will highlight the importance of proper hydration for everyone, explore hydrating beverages beyond water, and discover the nourishing foods that contribute to our hydration needs! Ready?

Aging Gracefully = Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated becomes more and more important as we age, for many different reasons. Proper hydration supports overall health, from keeping our cognitive functions well-trained and helping digestion to ensuring that our joints are well-lubricated. Moreover, our bodies may tend to stop signaling thirst as much as they do in other stages of life, making it essential to be mindful of our fluid intake.

Hydrating Beverages Beyond Water

We all know that water is undoubtedly the elixir of life. However, it can get a little boring sometimes, and you’ll be pleased to know that there are many delightful alternatives to keep us hydrated. Here’s a short list of my personal favorites!

  • Herbal Teas: Chamomile, peppermint, and hibiscus teas not only hydrate but also offer antioxidant benefits, and they’re perfect to warm us up during the coldest months.
  • Infused Water: This is my absolute favorite. You can add anything you like to your water to make it flavorful and colorful, such as slices of different fruits, lemon juice, and even vegetables like cucumber or herbs like mint and basil.
  • Coconut Water: This water is rich in electrolytes, making it a hydrating (and delicious) choice.

These options not only provide essential fluids but also bring diverse flavors and added nutrients to the table.

Hydrating Foods to Include

Hydration isn't limited to what we drink; it also involves the foods we consume. Many fruits and vegetables have high water content, contributing significantly to our daily hydration needs. Here are some of my favorite foods that help hydrate.

  • Cucumbers: With over 95% water content, cucumbers are a hydrating snack that also provides vitamins and minerals.
  • Watermelon: True to its name, watermelon is not only delicious but consists of about 92% water, making it an excellent hydrating fruit.
  • Celery: Crunchy and hydrating, celery is made up of over 95% water and offers a satisfying snack option.
  • Tomatoes: did you know that tomatoes are the fruit with the highest water content? Moreover, they contain lycopene, an amazing organic pigment that helps prevent cell damage.

Bonus: try out this avocado squash recipe! You heard me right. It’s not only delicious, but also hydrating.

Hydration FAQs

Aging gracefully involves embracing habits that support our well-being. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about hydrating properly.

  • How Much Water a Day Should a Woman Drink? Aim for around 8 cups (64 ounces) of water a day, adjusting based on individual needs, activity level, and climate. If you’re pregnant, of course, follow your doctor’s advice and check out this article for more insight.
  • How to Hydrate Overnight? Keep a glass of water by your bedside to sip on before bedtime and upon waking. Hydrating overnight is a gentle way to start and end your day.
  • How to Hydrate Quickly? Infuse your water with a splash of citrus or some mint to give it a little flavor, encouraging quicker hydration.

Find out more benefits of staying hydrated here. If you struggle with drinking water regularly, check out my pro tips here!

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