We should all make water our beverage of choice. Our body is made up mostly of water, it evaporates through our pores, tears, urination and elimination. We need to drink several glasses each day, even more in hot weather and if exercising.
Some do not enjoy the bland taste of water. Some prefer to think they are getting water when they drink fruit juice or sodas. These are loaded with added sugar, which causes blood sugar spikes and crashes, fat storage and more thirst.
Try livening up your water naturally with berries, lemon, turmeric and herbs. These give flavour and also vital minerals and vitamins that act as antioxidants that protect our bodies from free radical damage and illness.
Water drinking tips:
You can add fresh mint and berries to ice cube trays so you always have something to grab easily to add to water throughout the day.
Try steeping herbal tea, then cool for a refreshing, healthy drink to sip on.
Add turmeric, lemon and orange slices to water for better digestion, vitamin C and and immune boost.
Always keep a stainless steel bottle of water in your car or desk at work to have when needed or stuck in traffic.
Dehydration causes headaches and mood swings. If you feel down throughout the day, or suddenly starving for something sweet, it could mean you are dehydrated or suffering from low blood sugar. Sip on a glass of fresh, alkalized water filled with a squeeze of lemon and fresh berries. Children, breastfeeding mothers and the elderly should drink more water to avoid dehydration.
During meals, water can be sipped on to help with chewing and swallowing. However, a glass of water during meals should be avoided as it dilutes vital digestive enzymes, which can slow down digestion. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before or after a meal.