Drink More Water
Is it possible to read an article about healthy lifestyle choices and NOT see the phrase “Drink more water?” We seem to be a culture that carries a coffee cup or water bottle with us wherever we go, but we are constantly reminded to “Drink more water.”
Let’s face it: water is pretty boring! It’s just not very exciting to grab a glass from the cupboard and stick it under the faucet, or pull out yet another bottle of water from the fridge.
How to Make Drinking Water Fancy and Fun
So, how can we be encouraged to “Drink more water?” Here are some ideas that may help you “Drink more water:”
- This idea is my favorite: drink water out of a stem glass! You will instantly feel as if you are drinking something special!
- Add a splash of juice to your water. Add just enough juice to provide a bit of flavor and color to your water. Keep in mind that most nutritionists do not recommend drinking very much juice. Also, try to always buy 100% juice. Otherwise, you might as well be adding sugar from your sugar bowl to your water!
- Drink unflavored seltzer water. The carbonation will take a mundane glass of water to another level- the bubbles will make you feel like you’re drinking a “mocktail.”
- Garnish! Add a piece of fruit or a sprig of herbs to your glass of water. It really doesn’t matter what you add- just add something! Ideas include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, apples, cantaloupe, mint, and lemon balm. The added ingredients will help flavor the water.
- Make the ice cubes you add to your water special! Buy an ice cube tray ad place fruit in the tray before you add water- use berries, lemons and lime slices. There are so many ice cub trays with fun shapes! And the new silicone ice cube trays make popping the cubes out so easy! Buy these online or at specialty kitchen stores.
Make a Plan to Drink more Water
Anytime we talk about water consumption, the question that is always asked is: “How much water should I drink each day?” And the answer is . . . it depends! But there is a general rule that is called the 8 x 8 rule: Drink 8 ounces of water 8 times a day, for a total of 64 ounces. To put it another way, sixty-four fluid ounces is a half gallon. The 8 x 8 rule is a good guideline, but fluid needs vary from person to person, depending on age, health, weather, and level of activity. Keep in mind that fluid needs are dynamic throughout the day and also from day to day, so you really should be aware of how much water you drink.
What if you don’t drink enough? The most common signs of dehydration are thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, weakness, and headaches.
So drink up, and know that the water you are consuming is one of the best things you can do for your health! How simple is that?!!!!
Yep, while I was writing this, I drank 24 oz of water!! Forty ounces to go!!