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April 10, 2019

Resolve to Drink More Water

Water, Water, and More Water: Grab a glass of Water

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Losing weight, eating right, and exercising more are intentions on nearly everyone’s list of goals especially at the start of the year. But there’s another healthy habit that should be one of your top goals: Drink more water.

In fact, drinking water has many health benefits and will assist in managing your weight. Choosing water over juice, sweet tea or some other caloric beverage can help reduce your calories to lose weight. Plus, drinking water and eating water-rich foods will make you feel fuller faster. Drinking more water can improve your energy, promote proper digestion, help flush out toxins, support healthy kidney and bowel functions, and boost the immune system. Proper water intake will also aid your complexion and reduce acne and dark spots. More water will make a difference in your life.

Try to drink half your weight in ounces (up to 100 ounces) per day.

To get your proper water intake each day, drink 16 to 20 ounces of water with each meal, drinking half that amount before you start eating and drinking the rest when you complete your meal.

Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workouts. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercising. During exercise, you should start drinking fluids early and drink at regular intervals to replace fluids lost while sweating.

Bored with the taste of plain water? Try infused water. Lemon, mint, or cucumber-infused water is the perfect way to refresh and rehydrate.

  1. Fruit Infusions: Adding slices of fruits like oranges, strawberries, or berries can give your water a sweet, refreshing taste. Citrus fruits, in particular, not only add a zesty flavor but also provide additional vitamin C. Berries bring in antioxidants, making your drink not just tasty but also healthful.
  2. Herb Infusions: Herbs like basil, rosemary, or cilantro can offer a unique twist to your water. Mint is a popular choice due to its cooling effect, but don’t hesitate to try other herbs for different flavor profiles.
  3. Spice It Up: For a more adventurous palate, adding spices like cinnamon sticks or ginger slices can be invigorating. These spices not only add a kick of flavor but also come with their own health benefits, like anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Edible Flower Infusions: For a more sophisticated and visually appealing drink, consider adding edible flowers like lavender, rose petals, or hibiscus. These can impart a delicate flavor and aroma, making your water a luxurious experience.
  5. Combination Infusions: Mixing and matching fruits, herbs, and even spices can create exciting flavors. Imagine cucumber and mint for a cooling drink, or strawberry and basil for a sweet yet herbal taste. The possibilities are endless.
  6. Health Benefits: Infused water is not just about taste. It’s a calorie-free way to stay hydrated, and the added ingredients can offer additional nutrients and benefits. For example, lemon-infused water can aid in digestion, while cucumber-infused water is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  7. Preparation Tips: To prepare infused water, simply add your chosen ingredients to a pitcher of water and let it sit for a few hours, allowing the flavors to infuse. For a stronger flavor, you can muddle the fruits or herbs before adding water. Remember to use fresh, clean ingredients and filtered water for the best taste.
  8. Serving Suggestions: Serve your infused water in a clear pitcher or individual glasses to show off the beautiful colors of the fruits and herbs. It’s not just a drink; it’s a centerpiece!

Switching to infused water can be a delightful and healthy change from plain water. It’s an excellent way to stay hydrated, and with so many options for ingredients, you can always have a new flavor to look forward to. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just seeking a refreshing drink for yourself, infused water is a versatile and healthy choice.