Water – We all need it to be healthy. However, remembering to drink isn’t always easy. Sure it is easy to sip enough water with meals, which is great. Start hydrating throughout the day is important too especially when the temperatures start to rise. Drinking 8 glasses of water can be a chore, but throw in humid weather, an intense workout or a hectic day and before you know it you are dehydrated.
This can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue and loss of concentration. But it doesn’t have to be that way; here are 5 strategies to up your liquid intake your body will thank you.
1) Lemon or any Citrus Fruit
Lemon’s benefits extend beyond its bittersweet taste; lemon oozes vitamin C an important nutrient for the body’s connective tissue from collagen to bones to skin. It also helps reduce stress and citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and limes contain Vitamin C that lower risks of cancers and acts an antioxidant neutralizing cancer forming chemicals in the body. Try different citrus fruits each day of the week.
2) Coconut Water
Coconut water is packed with anti oxidants, amino acids, enzymes, Vitamin C and minerals. The micronutrients in coconut water help in boosting the immune system. Coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher. Because of its electrolyte composition it is used to rehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss, a good source of carbohydrates it lifts your energy levels. Drinking coconut water can be a good substitute for your sugary food cravings.
3) Fruits and Vegetables
Solid food such as fruits and vegetables consist of mainly water. For example – Apple is 85% water by volume. Your body absorbs this liquid like any other, Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C lots of lycopene. Lycopene is a nutrient that triggers healthy reactions in the body.
If fruit is not your calling then try blending your favorites into a smoothie. Not interested in blending? Then make those leafy greens a top choice for lunch or swap tea with green vegetable juice in the afternoon.
4) Herbal tea
Herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits from curing an upset stomach to treating insomnia. Drinking herbal tea can be a great source of vitamins and mineral, if you want to give salads or juice a break then simply brew yourself a cup of herbal tea. Good options include chamomile, peppermint and for hot summer days cool them in the refrigerator for a homemade iced tea. There are plenty of flavors and varieties of tea’s you can drink. Mix them up so that you are never bored with the taste. More importantly it will provide the body with the fluids and hydration it needs even if you are not a water drinker!!
5) Brothy Soup
Chicken soup is really good for the body especially when it comes to hydration. Broth whether meat or vegetable based, sends a whole lot of liquid your way and this delivery makes it easier for our bodies to digest minerals. Chicken soup in particular shows anti inflammatory properties that help prevent common cold symptoms and reduce joint pain. It’s even shown to heal the lining of the intestines, supporting proper digestion and it tastes so good!!
Now these 5 sneaky strategies don’t mean you should stop drinking water. Water is still important for our bodies. It is the most important nutrient for life, it helps to keep our skin hydrated, smooth and slow down the wrinkling process. It helps in keeping our joints lubricated and also helps in transporting waste and nutrients through the body.