Beverages are not the only way of hydrating the body. Lets look at food. Foods can be divided up into two basic groups. The first group is made up of concentrated foods. This includes all proteins, fats and starches. Examples of concentrated foods are bread, potatoes, meat, cheese, fish, eggs, tofu, pasta, nuts, seeds and beans.
The second food group is watery foods. This includes fruits and vegetables. Clearly they vary in the amount of water they contain. A fruit like a grape has a much greater percentage of water in it than a banana. Likewise a zucchini squash has more water in it than acorn squash.
It has been suggested by some nutrition experts that the ideal proportion of watery foods to concentrated foods should be 80% watery foods to 20% concentrated foods. Even if you were to narrow this margin considerably to 60% watery foods to 40% concentrated foods it is still drastically different that a typical American diet.
Think about commonly eaten meals in America. Hamburger and fries, pizza, a burrito, or a sandwich. All of these foods are made up of mostly, if not completely concentrated foods. Where does the body get the H2O in these meals to create the digestive enzymes to breakdown them down?
It is our American diet that is responsible for much of our dehydration, and therefore countless, unnecessary health problems. Some of the health problems linked to dehydration are allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and frequent or prolonged colds due to sluggish lymphatic flow.