Water is a colorless liquid which adds color to our health. More than 60% of our body contains water and nearly all our major systems depend on this chemical substance for their functioning. Water helps to carry nutrients and oxygen to various cells of our body, regulates body temperature, boosts metabolism and most importantly, reduces hunger quotient. Even with all these benefits and requirements, many of us fail to replenish our body with this essential fluid. Insufficient time, inadequate taste, drinking other aerated beverages and simply not straining yourself are some of the commonly quoted reasons for not drinking enough water. Why don’t you try any of these techniques to boost your water intake levels?
If you don’t have the habit of drinking water every now and then, you need to plan a strategy to consume enough water one way or the other.
Flavored water, detox water or fruit-infused water, whatever fancy name you would like to attach to it, is the current trend. You can use any fruit, vegetable or herb of your choice to prepare water infusions. These infusions add flavor and encourage people to consume more water without any sugar or artificial flavor. Some of the most popular infusions include:
3.Try Sparkling Water
You can replace plain water with sparkling water (no added sugars). Instead of shelling out money on this you can buy a machine to make carbonated water yourself. Add a pinch of lime juice for enhanced flavor. By doing this, you don’t get tempted to drink much of aerated soft drinks that contain excess sugar and calories.
4.Consume Foods that have High Water Content
Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables that have high water content in your daily diet plan. Cucumber, watermelon, zucchini and grapefruit are some excellent options. Cucumbers that contain 90% water content have numerous advantages other than hydration that have been discussed at www.firsteatright.com. Decaffeinated tea is another excellent option to increase your water intake levels. So be happy to sip some tea after your morning breakfast or in the evening.
Whatever might be the ways and means used to drink water, drink it plenty. You are not losing money or time by drinking water but only maintaining good health at zero cost.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.