What is the Best Way to Stay Hydrated?

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Many people think water is the only way to stay hydrated, but there are actually other ways to maintain hydration. There is a term called a hydration index, which was used in a study to evaluate how long fluids stay in the body. This study looked at the hydration indices of different fluids in comparison to water. It was found that fat-free milk and whole milk had higher hydration indices than water.  

Further, these fluids stay in the body longer than water does. When water is ingested, the kidneys are stimulated to dispose of the excess water from the body, which allows for the production of urine.  

In contrast, when milk enters the body, the electrolytes (sodium and potassium) allow for the fluids to empty at a slower rate and not stimulate the kidneys as rapidly. Therefore, fluids with electrolytes stay in the body longer than water does, so these fluids keep a person hydrated for a longer period of time. 

These hydration tips are important for cancer patients, especially when combating the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy, where dehydration can occur from, taste changes, nausea, or diarrhea. Fluids that contain electrolytes such as orange juice, milk, or water infused with sodium and potassium are great beverages to drink. 

Interestingly, fluids are not just obtained from liquids. You can eat your way through your fluid requirement by indulging in fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, strawberries, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, and many others.  

Try our Watermelon Salad or Cucumber Water to quench your thirst.  

Registered Dietitian Approved

There are many misconceptions about nutrition and cancer in widespread media. By using current scientific literature, plus recommendations of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society, our Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, and our team of editors work to help our readers discern truth from myth.

The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always consult your physician or registered dietitian for specific medical advice.


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