Water intake is extremely important to general wellness. This is part of nourishing our body. The human body is 50-70% water based on overall weight and body composition. Over half our body is made of water. Similar to how a car will not run well on old oil, our bodies need to be refreshed with water on a daily basis. Water helps flush toxins from our bodies and improves kidney function.
Ways to help incorporate daily water intake. I understand many people do not like the taste of water. Some of my favorite was to improve water flavor are as follows:
- Add frozen berries- raspberries are my favorite. This adds flavor and antioxidants. If you eat the fruit you also get the fibers from the fruit. The fruit taste more bland after soaking in water.
- Add flavored tea bags. Tea can come in so many flavors. Most tea is full of anti-oxidants as well.
- Add a drop of edible peppermint oil. I enjoy Young Living Vitality brand, but there are other edibles as well and you can always get the flavor from the actual food or herb.
- Add lemon/lime slices
- Can add almost any fruit or vegetable per your taste, cucumbers, peppers, pineapple, mango,
- Add mint, basil, or other herbs and spices. cinnamon sticks or cloves.
As you start drinking more and more water, decrease the amount of fruit or addition and maybe someday you can enjoy a clear, refreshing glass of pure water. Daily recommendation is 8-10+ cups (64-80+ounces) based on body weight and activity level.
Just a little hint of flavor can boost your water. I try to avoid all artificial sweeteners and added sugars as I have found articles to the negative impact they have on our health. If I really want some sweetness I will occasionally add local 100% honey or local %100 maple syrup. This is often how I sweeten coffee and tea as well.
Always check with your doctor about dietary and water intake changes. Many people are on fluid restrictions due to health concerns. I recommend checking with your doctor. But if you are on a fluid restriction, water should be your first priority as fluid, over fluids that have many additives that may negatively effect your health.