Water is essential to the functioning of every system of the body. Water is also lost from the body through perspiration and respiration. Dehydration can cause a number of health problems; in extreme cases, it can cause death. There are three main ways an individual can get enough water into her system to meet her bodily needs.
The easiest way to get water into the body is by drinking it. According to My Recipes, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science recommends that males drink at least 16 cups of water daily and females drink at least 13 cups of water a day. Water is easily accessible and inexpensive. Water can be obtained for free from a tap or faucet, or bought in most stores.
Decaffeinated beverages can help keep the body hydrated and are a good source of water for the body. Decaffeinated beverages that have a high water content include juice, milk, decaffeinated teas and sodas, sports drinks and flavored waters. Although not technically considered a beverage, soups that have a broth base also have a high water content.
Caffeinated beverages can act as a diuretic causing an individual to shed water from the body through excessive urination. Despite this fact, caffeinated beverages can still be considered a source of water for the body because they have a high water content. Coffee, teas and colas should be used sparingly and not be the only source of water an individual drinks in a day.
Fruits and Vegetables
According to Allina Hospitals and Clinics, some fruits and vegetables have a high water content and can be added as a fluid source. Watermelon and cucumbers have nearly a 100 percent water content. Citrus fruits, other melons, lettuce and a variety of other fruits and vegetables also contain large amounts of water.