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We've all been told to drink enough water, but how many of us are adequately hydrated? The daily requirement for water for inactive males is 3.5 liters (about 14 cups); for inactive females the requirement is 2.5 liters (about 10 cups). This is to replace losses in breath, sweat, urine, feces, and metabolic processes that use water (these reactions are referred to by the blanket term hydrolisis). The water can come in the form of food or beverages.

Fruits and vegetables are mainly water, and a diet exclusively of plant foods can go far towards hydrating you. In fact, if you were to eat 2,000 calories solely from fruits, vegetables, and other plant foods, like beans, you could get as much as 3.5 liters of water, meeting the requirement for either sex. This is because fruits and vegetables are as much as 90 percent water. In contrast, grains, nuts, and animal foods are drier in that they con…