Metro/Handout Drinking your eight glasses a day is a bit of a myth, given that the foods you eat provide lots of water as well.

Canadian winters are parching because the heated indoor air is as dry as the desert. The double downside is that when you catch a bug, your need for liquids goes even higher.

Your hair, skin and lips show it on the outside, but the inside is crawling toward the oasis too.

Drinking your eight glasses a day is a bit of a myth, given that the foods you eat provide lots of water as well.

Increasing the high water choices helps beat dehydration with the added bonus of filling you up and preventing hunger.

Choose wisely from this list of low cal/high water foods:

• Watermelon
• Oranges/lemons
• Kiwi
• Berries
• Apples/pears
• Yogurt
• Leafy Greens: iceberg, romaine, kale, spinach, collards
• Tomatoes
• Cucumbers
• Celery
• Cabbage
• Broccoli
• Low sodium broth soups

Of course, there is always a nice big bottle of sparkling water on your desk in the a.m. that must be finished by the end of the day.

That’s the best cue to making sure you are getting enough. You will know by the colour of your urine, the lighter and clearer the better.

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Consultant and private nutritionist in Toronto. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at myfriendinfood.com

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