Wonders of Water
By Helen Hussey, RD LD
Water is one of the most important nutrients in your diet. It aids with blood flow, joint motility, muscle work, and breathing. Your body loses water constantly through sweat, exhaling, and urine. These natural body processes may account for up to 10 cups of water loss per day. This is the reason for having high liquid requirements after surgery. Signs of dehydration include fatigue, dizziness, headache, and weakness. Here are some tips for avoiding dehydration:
- Drink fluids before and after exercise.
- Avoid other fluids such as alcohol, soda, tea or coffee (these can act as a diuretic and deplete water from your body).
- Certain foods such as fruits and vegetables have a high water content.
- If you do not like plain water, try adding fresh lemon or lime juice to give it flavor.
- Remember that your protein supplements count as fluids!
- Water is always your best beverage for hydration. If you would like additional options, the following are bariatric friendly: sugar free drink mix, sugar free gelatin, sugar free popsicles and zero calorie flavored waters and teas.