We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during the warm summer months, but did you know that it’s even more crucial to drink water during the crisp cool fall months? Celebrity dietitian, Keri Glassman MS, RD is one of my absolute favorite registered dietitians on the planet. I’ve had the honor of interviewing her a few times and follow her religiously on social media as she shares the best tips on everything nutrition and fitness! This morning she joined me for another fabulous interview, this time to chat about hydration! We talked about the most common myths and misconceptions, why it’s so important to stay hydrated during these crisp cool fall months, whether or not coffee will help keep you hydrated and she even dished on a fabulous new product that will not only help keep you hydrated but also contains proanthocyanidins.
Candace Rose: Now that the temperatures are starting to cool down, is it important to drink as much water and stay as hydrated as we did during the warm summer months?
Keri Glassman: “It absolutely is. We think about hydrating during the summer months because we’re sweaty, we feel thirsty, we go for that cold beverage, but the fact is we need to be hydrated 365 days of the year and so we don’t just think about it as much in the fall and winter when the temperatures cool a little bit. It’s so important to focus on how we are hydrating because being properly hydrated is so important for everything from our skin health to digestion to energy, and even our metabolism is affected by how hydrated we are.”
Candace Rose: Is it true that we need to drink eight glasses of water a day?
Keri Glassman: “The eight glasses of eight ounces is a little bit of a myth that it’s an exact number that everybody needs. It does vary based on how much you specifically sweat, how much you’re exercising, how many other foods that are high in water volume, what your weight is. It is personal to the individual, however, I still use the eight glasses of eight ounces, or what I like to say is the 64 ounces because I like to recommend that people fill up a 32 ounce water bottle twice. It’s easier than counting eight glasses. I still use that number just because most people don’t even meet that and we’re not getting enough. For the average person, it is a pretty good estimate of what they may need.”
Candace Rose: Are there certain foods that can help keep us hydrated?
Keri Glassman: “Absolutely. Many foods have high water volume and a few examples would be broccoli, watermelon, strawberries and cucumbers. A lot of foods do add to our water intake. That’s again why those 64 ounces is an exact number. You might have somebody that’s not eating a lot of high water volume foods and need more and vice versa.”
Candace Rose: Does coffee count?
Keri Glassman: “Actually, coffee is not dehydrating. It does count because it is mostly water, but the thing with coffee that you want to make sure is that you’re not loading it up with lots of sugar and the creamers and things like that that have artificial ingredients and sugar making that coffee a lot less healthy for you. That’s what you want to make sure of when you’re drinking the coffee, but yes on its own, it is mostly water.
If you’re looking for a more meaningful way to hydrate aside from just water, you should check out Ocean Spray’s PACt cranberry extract water. It’s water mixed with PACs. PACs are those proanthocyanidins, the compounds found deep inside the cranberry that help cleanse and purify you.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Keri Glassman: “You should definitely check out PACt.OceanSpray.com to take a hydration IQ quiz, so you can figure out just how hydration savvy you are, and whether or not you need to chug right away or you’re doing okay.”