Our body is composed of about 60 per cent water, which is vital for the functioning of our organs. Loss of water, through excessive sweat, vomit, diarrhoea, or not drinking enough water, can cause fatigue, dizziness, headaches, seizures, rise in heart rate and temperature, fall of blood pressure, damage kidneys, brain functions and cause death. Shared below are five simple ways to stay hydrated.
An average adult should drink around 2-3 litres of water every day to stay hydrated. The amount will rise in hotter temperatures and during periods of intense physical activities. Water contains some essential minerals like iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium, which are necessary for our growth and metabolic functioning. Those working outdoors should carry water bottles with them.
2. Coconut water
Coconuts that are not fully matured are filled with water inside. It has a sweet and mildly salty taste. Apart from electrolytes, coconut water is rich in potassium and also contains sodium, calcium, carbohydrates, fibre and sugars. It has anti-ageing and antimicrobial properties as well. Due to its high potassium content, those suffering from impaired kidney function should seek medical advice before drinking coconut water.
3. Tea and coffee
Tea and coffee are ideal beverages to keep one hydrated. Tea is also antioxidant-rich and may help protect us against cardiovascular diseases (CVD), high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Coffee consumption was also found to be beneficial in CVD and related ailments, diseases of the liver and kidneys. Coffee contains caffeine which is a diuretic and may encourage people to consume more water. Too much coffee might be harmful.
4. Fruits and vegetables
Fruits such as watermelon, orange, pineapple, grapes, strawberry and vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce and spinach among others, have high water content. Additionally, they are rich in essential nutrients and vitamins. One can also make smoothies with fruits and vegetables and add milk or yoghurt to them.
5. Health drinks
Drinks made primarily of malt, with added protein and vitamins and usually in chocolate or vanilla flavours, are quite popular around the world. They are available as powders and are consumed by mixing in water or milk.
I’m Following a Weekly 24 Hour Fast: Anil Kapoor Reveals His Fitness Secrets, Favourite Cuisine
Bollywood veteran Anil Kapoor reveals he has different foods for different moods. The 64-year-old says he loves to try different cuisines and special items from every country he visits. In an exclusive interview, Anil talks about all things food.
Q: What’s your favourite cuisine?
A: I have different foods for different moods. I don’t have a favourite cuisine as such really. A good meal is a good meal regardless of its shape, colour or form.
Q: Where is the food capital of India, according to you?
A: Aamchi Mumbai! I might be biased, but there’s no doubt that the food culture in Mumbai has evolved a lot over the past decade… with so many great new restaurants and talented chefs, it’s a haven for all foodies now.
Q: Do you try local food of places you travel to?
A: I love to try different cuisines and special items from every country and whenever I visit the place again I know my favourites! My manager Jalal conducts proper research on the famous foods of every country/city we visit and we make it a point to try at least a couple of the items, if not all!
Q: Do you eat fast food? How often and how do you compensate?
A: I do eat junk food! I love my burgers and fries every once in a while. My daughter Rhea often whips up some great food for my cheat days. As for how I compensate, I read a quote a while back which said you cannot overstrain a diet… and I couldn’t agree more. If I have a great meal, I always balance it out with a great workout.
Q: Do you follow a strict diet?
A: I do follow a good diet that works for me, but I keep switching it up. Currently for example, I am following a weekly 24 hour fast. I’m not sure how long I will do this, but it’s working for me so far. My diet also depends on how heavy or light my workday is… Honestly, it’s because I keep changing things up that I can sustain it for longer… Cheat days are very important to break the monotony. In fact during the lockdown, we had a designated cheat day where Rhea would cook some delicious food and I would eat to my heart’s content! Now too we have our occasional binge days and I look forward to it!
Q: Do you also cook sometimes?
A: I don’t usually cook but I would love to if I had the time and I’m sure I would enjoy it as well.
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