You can go several weeks without food, but a few days without water and your body will start to shut down. Three days to a week without water is a serious health hazard. Most people are concerned about not eating for a few hours and realize that starvation has an adverse effect on their health, but they don’t consider their water intake. Our bodies are made up of about 70% of water. Estimates are that our brains are 90% water. That explains a lot. All of our core body functions use water. Our blood system, kidneys and even our joints need water to be lubricated or to function. Water is important for the human body. But there are still people who refuse to drink their fair share of water for their body’s good. No more excuses, I’ll give you some tips on taking in more water without too much suffering.
1. Add Some Flavor
People who don’t like to drink water complain that it tastes like nothing. They’re probably used to sugary drinks. So add a little flavor without ruining the benefits. The best way to add flavor to water is to infuse it with some fruit. Lemon is a popular choice and available at every grocery store and most restaurants. Why not get a little more fancy though? I’ve seen strawberry and cucumber water infusions, watermelon water infusions, and cantaloupe water infusions. All of those infusions were tasty and gave the water a little more kick. Experiment to find your favorite flavor. My fav is the strawberry lemon combo. You’ll feel pretty fancy sipping on that.
2.Drink Homemade Smoothies
Drink homemade smoothies. The store versions tend to have more artificial sugar and yogurt as opposed to water. Start off with water, after that add some yogurt, fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are also dense in water content. Adding more fruits and veggies is another easy way that you can get in your daily water intake. But it’s even easier if you blend them up from the get-go. You’ll end up drinking more cups of veggies just because it looks like less. You can make some really good combinations with berries, mangoes, bananas and water dense vegetables like spinach and broccoli. If lack of flavor is your main problem, drinking smoothies could be an even better solution because they have tons of flavor packed into your cup. Make sure to start with some ice cold water and then add ice to thicken up your smoothie even more and up the water content.
3. Drink it Ice Cold
I know someone who only drinks water if it’s near frozen. She likes it ice cold. She says it’s makes her think that it’s pop. (side note: Midwestern speak for soda.) Personally, I drink water at any temperature, when it’s too cold I almost can’t get it down. But that doesn’t stop my friend. If you’re one of those people that likes your drinks really, really cold, put a half full water bottle on its side in the freezer for a few hours or overnight and then take it out when the water is nice and slushy. You can wait til it’s mostly frozen, that way you can add new lukewarm water onto the frozen portion and shake it up. Drink to your little heart’s content.
4. Replace Juice and Soda with H2O
I know, I promised no pain. People love their soft drinks no matter what you call it soda, pop, cold drink or something else. But the ironic thing is those “soft drinks” actually dehydrate you more and also give you loads more sugar than you’ll ever need in one week. Try to replace one or two drinks a week with water and work your way up. Your body will thank you. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but try to alternate throughout the day if you’re a two or three a day soft drink kind of person. Alternate to start cutting down on your consumption of those types of drinks. An easy way to do that is to only drink water when you go out. You also save money. (Super bonus) and you improve your health. This one is a good freebie because you’re putting dollars back in your pocket. A hidden benefit of drinking water– save some moolah.
Hopefully these tips help you to get more water in your diet and contribute to overall improved health, weight-loss, better digestion, clearer skin, and all the other benefits of drinking water that everyone has told you over and over again. Okay I’m preaching now. Go down a glass of free H2O.