It sounds simple: Drink enough water during the day to keep yourself hydrated and reap its many health benefits. While that may sound simple, actually doing it is a challenge for many of us. “I’m just not thirsty” or “I can’t drink that much water” are common responses to the call for hydration. Following are a few tips to help you adopt a “glass half full” outlook on drinking water, and to make hydration a natural part of your everyday routine. But first, a quick rundown of health benefits.
Our bodies continually lose fluid from skin evaporation, breathing, and other natural functions, and those fluids need to be replaced daily for good health. Drinking water helps . . .
Energize muscles and prevent injuries by keeping tissues loose and joints lubricated.
Improve skin, and kidney function, by flushing out toxins.
Maintain body fluids that aid in digestion, circulation, and other important functions.
Control calories as a substitute for soda, alcohol, and other caloric beverages.
The list of benefits goes on to support what we already know: Water is good for us. So how can we get ourselves to drink more of it? Give one of these tips a try.
Add flavor. (Yes, water can be a little boring.) A wedge of lemon or lime or a slice of orange or watermelon can make a big difference. Or maybe mint leaves. Whatever suits your taste to jazz things up.
Eat fruits and vegetables. Water-rich foods such as cucumbers, melons, and celery help hydrate our bodies. Approximately 20% of our fluid intake comes from food.
Go spicy. Adding crushed red pepper or something just as hot to your food will have you reaching for your water glass more often.
Keep it close. Always have a bottle of water with you: by your bed, in your handbag, at your desk, in your car. The more you drink, the more routine it will become. To be good at anything takes practice. Drinking more water is no exception.
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- Women’s Health Magazine
- Canadian Living