Rethink Your Drink!

Are you drinking enough water?

Getting enough water every day is important for your health. The rule of thumb is that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. That might seem like a lot, but we get some fluids from the foods we eat, too, like fruits and vegetables with high water content. Staying hydrated is a simple way to be healthier, boost your energy and even lose weight.

Don’t like the taste of water? Try flavoring it up with citrus, fruit, or mint. And, if you think you’re not getting enough water, carry a water bottle with you for easy access at work or when you’re out and about. Think about drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, too.

Hydration and your health

About 60 percent of our body weight is water. Our bodies use water for digestion, circulation, regulating body temperature and much more. Our liver and kidneys need plenty of water to rid body of toxins. Those who chronically drink too little water are at higher risk for kidney stones. Drinking enough water also helps maintain normal bowel function and prevents constipation. Plus, hydration can impact our energy levels. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Brain function also requires adequate hydration, which can additionally prevent and relieve headaches. Skin can look younger and muscles can work longer with less fatigue when we are well hydrated, too.

Calorie control

Looking to lose weight? One of the easiest things to do is start drinking more water. The reason? Water can help us feel fuller so we’ll eat less—all with zero calories. Dehydration can also be mistaken for hunger, which can make us want to eat. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can fill us up a bit and help us eat fewer calories. Plus, getting plenty of water also prevents fluid retention because our bodies won’t try to retain water they are getting enough.

Flavor it up

Not everyone likes the taste of plain water. Boost the flavor of plain water by adding citrus like lemon, lime or grapefruit slices. Cucumber slices, or mint can also give a refreshing taste. Other great flavor combinations are sliced strawberries and kiwi, or apple wedges and cinnamon sticks. Flavored water tastes great, is low-calorie and can be made low-cost at home. Grocery stores also carry many types of zero to low calorie flavored water options.

Tips to help you drink more water

  • Carry a water bottle with you for easy access at work or out and about
  • Have a glass of water during meals and with snacks
  • Think about drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda
  • Add lemon or lime wedges to water to boost its flavor
  • Make flavored water at home or buy it at the store