ID-10060584(1)Did you know that even mild hydration can zap your energy, making you feel tired and irritable? Because our bodies continuously lose water, we must continuously replace it in order for our systems to operate properly. It is recommended that men take in 13 cups of liquid, women get 9 cups and children consume between 4 and 12 cups (depending on age). Total intake includes drinking water and water contained in food and other beverages.

Water can be an acquired taste, especially for individuals or families who prefer juice, soda, milk, sports drinks, coffee, tea or other beverages. Developing a water drinking habit is worth the effort because of the numerous health advantages so here are a few strategies to boost the flavor factor of plain water.

  • Encourage kids to drink water by offering a child-size pitcher they can use themselves. You can also provide fun drinking accessories such as swirly straws, colorful glasses and clip-in portable containers.
  • Freeze chunks of fruit in ice cube trays.
  • Mix fruit juice with plain or carbonated water. Gradually increase the ratio until it’s 50/50 or 25/75.

Here are a few more tips for boosting your water intake.ID-10034122

  • Limit beverage choices in your home to water or milk. Consider a “no soda” rule when dining out. BONUS BENEFIT: Beverages can add up to $3 per person to your restaurant bill!
  • Experiment with hot and cold water drinks. How about lemon and hot water instead of that fifth cup of coffee? Add crushed ice for a super refreshing drink.
  • Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Aim to finish one full bottle on your drive into and home from work.
  • Zero-calorie flavored carbonated waters are a nice change instead of plain water, especially at social gatherings when other people are drinking cocktails. Create a tasty wine spritzer by mixing wine with club soda or other flavored carbonated water and muddled fruit.
  • Consume fruits and vegetables that have high water content: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, tomatoes, grapefruit, coconut water, cucumbers, jicama, beets, carrots and celery.

How do you get in enough water during the day? What exotic ingredients do you use to flavor your H2O?


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