Did you know your body is 60% water? Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water can be a daunting, not to mention tasteless task. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily H2O quota – boosted immune system, increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion – still many of us are barely treading water when it comes to the recommended daily intake.
Many of us, myself included would much rather sip on something that engages our taste buds, so we fall prey to ‘zero calorie’ energy drinks, sports drinks or concentrated fruit juices. Contrary to what the packaging may advertise, most of these drinks are bursting with preservatives, dyes and additives making us sluggish and dehydrated.
Here are 5 tips & tricks to help you turn into a water drinking fiend! Remember, that the recommended 8 cups a day isn’t ‘one size fits all’ if you exercise you will need more; less if you eat water-rich fruit and vegetables throughout the day!
1. Find a Water Bottle You Love!
Take your time to find the perfect reusable water bottle for you. Whether it’s decorated with a unique design, an inspirational sticker, or you just like the way it feels, the more you bond with your water bottle the more likely you’ll use and not loose it.
2. Fruit Infused H2O.
To jazz up the taste of your water without dyes or additives. Slice fresh lemons, limes or oranges for a sweeter flavor try fresh or frozen berries. By adding fruit or berries you won’t be just adding flavor, you are pumping your body with immune boosting antioxidants!
3. Switch Flat with Sparkling.
Still crave carbonation? Sparkling will still hydrate you the same way flat H2O will. There are so many sparkling water options available, become a sparkling water connoisseur and try them all!
4. Sip Instead of Gulp.
5. Warm It Up, Drink Tea!
For those of us who brave the Minnesota winters, a warm drink is perfect for a cold afternoon. For any coffee drinkers, this is right up your alley too! Boil or nuke a glass of water and jazz up the flavor with either a tea bag, teaspoon of honey or fresh lemon juice.