Mind, Body & Spirit Diet Guidelines

By EatingWell Editors

Keep your energy levels up by following these guidelines from the nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Drink plenty of water

To stay healthy and feel your best, you need plenty of water throughout the day. Exactly how much water or fluids you need depends on many things, such as your body size, activity level and even the weather and humidity. But for most healthy people, 2½ to 3½ quarts of fluid per day is enough. (While that sounds like a lot of drinking, it also includes fluids that naturally occur in the foods we eat.)

Yet surveys indicate that many people are chronically mildly dehydrated. They either don’t drink enough fluid throughout the day or only drink when they are thirsty. Thirst is actually not the best guide for fluid intake because you only feel thirsty after you’ve lost 1 to 2 percent of your body weight in water. At that point you can already be experiencing some of the symptoms of dehydration—impatience, difficulty concentrating and impaired physiological performance and response.

A good rule of thumb is to try to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day to be adequately hydrated. Be aware that because they are diuretics, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages can contribute to dehydration. So follow them up with a chaser of water! Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will also boost your fluid intake because they contain substantial amounts of water.

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