Water is wonderful for so many reasons. It speeds your metabolism, keeps you energized, regulates body temperature, aids digestion, flushes toxins and balances blood sugar. Unfortunately, water isn’t the most exciting beverage out there, and many people find it difficult to drink as much as they should. Below are a few ways to ensure that you get your daily water intake and enjoy doing it.
Drinking tea, which is mainly water infused with leaves and herbs, is a flavorful way to increase your water intake. Choose any of the countless varieties of teas and herbal drinks, not only to stay hydrated but also to reap piles of benefit for your body. Black tea contains catechins, flavonoids that can improve cardiovascular health and may help prevent cancer. Green tea lowers your risk of heart disease, reduces your risk of lung cancer and can help your body burn fat more easily while chamomile can help control blood pressure and ginger tea soothes your stomach and ease arthritis pain.
Freshen up your water with natural fruit flavors that make it more tempting to stay hydrated without adding empty calories or needless sugar. It only takes a few minutes of preparation to make your water more delicious. Smash raspberries, strawberries or watermelon right into a pitcher or add cucumber lemons, limes, oranges or a combine them for your own flavor.
Give your regular glass of water an extra flavor with a few drops of your favorite juice. Watering down your juice cuts down your sugar intake and increases your water intake, making it a perfect combination. Natural juices with no sugar added are your best choice health wise.
If you enjoy the bubbly feeling of a soft drink but not the added calories, try drinking sparkling water. This way you can get your carbonation fix and simultaneously fit more water into your day. If your sparkling water is still too bland, add a twist of lime or a splash of your favorite fruit juice.
Almost 20 percent of our water intake comes from food. A lot of foods contain varying amounts of water, but fruits and vegetables have the highest percentages. Iceberg lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, celery, red cabbage, radishes, broccoli, and tomatoes are all more than 90 percent water so stack up a big, healthy, water-filled plate the next time you don’t feel like a glass of water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries are also filled with plenty of water. Another good food substitute is soup. Water-based bouillons and broths are a great way to sneak in the extra H2O. Not only is broth an excellent hydrator, but it also packs in extra nutrient including vitamins from the vegetables and protein from the chicken.
Drinking enough water is a key factor in improving your overall health. And better health may just help you outlive your term life insurance policy. Try the above tips to make your water tastier and your life longer.