WATER FLAVOR BOOSTERS
Trying to drink more water? Most of us know that we should be drinking more water. However, plain water can be a challenge. Especially for those just beginning to drink water regularly. I have great news! There are easy ways to make your water taste better so you'll drink more of it. I'm going to share four healthy water flavor boosters for you to try.
But, can we first talk a little about the importance of drinking water? Seriously! I am in absolute shock about how many people have admitted to me that they don't drink water. Like, not at all. What?!
Drinking enough water is absolutely one of the most impactful things you do for your overall health and wellness. Every single cell and organ needs water to function properly. Water is also essential for flushing toxins out of the body. Who doesn't want that?
Not drinking enough water can also affect your mood and mental health in a negative way. Did you know that dehydration can cause fatigue, confusion, and anxiety?
WATER CAN IMPROVE YOUR SKIN
Worried about dry, dull skin, fine lines, and wrinkles? Dehydration can make your skin more vulnerable, and prone to premature wrinkling. Water is an undeniable catalyst for glistening, glowing skin.
You can learn more about how water can improve your skin by reading: Top Five Tips for Beautiful, Glowing Skin.
WATER CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Trying to lose weight? Swap out your soda habit for water and see what happens. This one simple swap can have such a huge impact! I gave up soda in my early 20's, and it was hands down one of the best decisions I ever made. I can probably write an entire post just on the negative effects that soda has on the body. But let me focus on this for now.
Water can also help with weight loss by increasing metabolism (especially if it's cold). The number of calories burned can increase for up to one hour.
Drinking water may play a part in reducing appetite and help you eat less overall. Did you know that sometimes when we feel hungry that we're actually thirsty instead? Thirst and hunger can trigger the same feeling in our body. Test this out to see for yourself.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU BE DRINKING?
There are conflicting reports on how much water we should be consuming, but for women, the range is generally 8-10 cups per day. This may seem like a lot to some who are just transitioning to drinking water regularly. It's not if you consider that some of your water consumption can come from food!
Try to shoot for about 80% actual water, and 20% from food. Just make sure you're eating plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, which have high water content.
Please be sure to consume more water if you sweat a lot, exercise at a high intensity, or are breast-feeding.
HEALTHY WATER FLAVOR BOOSTERS
Have I convinced you to drink more water, and to make it a part of your healthy living journey? Or at the very least, to consider it? Great! Now, I'll share four healthy things that you can add to your water for a flavor and health boost:
1. LEMON FLAVOR BOOSTER
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, and can be a great boost for your immune system! Vitamin C found in lemons may help reduce dry skin, wrinkles, and damage from the sun. It can also help with digestion.
2. MINT FLAVOR BOOSTER
Mint is rich in nutrients, and a good source of antioxidants. It can also soothe stomach problems such as digestion or constipation.
3. CUCUMBER FLAVOR BOOSTER
Cucumbers are high in nutrients, plant compounds, and antioxidants. Cucumbers can also help reduce inflammation and puffiness.
4. GINGER FLAVOR BOOSTER
Ginger is great for minimizing bloating and inflammation. It can also be a remedy for stomach upset and nausea (I can personally attest to this benefit - it works!).
Another great thing about these suggestions is that they can contribute to your overall water intake because of their water content!
You can either choose to add just one of these to your water, or create a tasty combo that you love. I've only listed a few healthy water flavor boosters, and that's a start. But there are certainly many more options out there. Be creative and have fun with it!