H-Two-Oh

1 Mar

It’s probably one of the first words that you learned as a child: Water. Whether you call it “wawa” like the 2-year-old version of yourself, “H2O”, or just plain “water”, you know it’s good for you. It aids in digestion, keeps your skin supple, and we’re mostly made up of it anyway. Yet, sometimes is just seems so bland or hard to drink.  As a society we continue to shy away from it in lieu of high-calorie, sugar-ridden fruit juices and sodas. I challenge you to drink more water, starting today. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Get a water filter.

Filters come in various shapes and sizes, but they all do the same thing. They make your water taste more pure and remove chlorine and other heavy metals from your tap water. Whether on your faucet or in your fridge, filters are an economical way to know that your water is safe. PUR even makes flavored filters in case you need a boost of flavor.

  • Know your temperature preference.

For me, I’m a room-temperature kind of chick. I’ve found that in situations where I’m forced to drink ice-cold water, I drink way less of it. That brings me to my next point:

  • Plan ahead

If you don’t know how much water you’ve had, how do you know how much more you should drink? Planning ahead allows me to make drinking water easily. Invest in some sturdy BPA-free waterbottles with the oz. clearly marked. Fill them up to the amount that you need (I’ll address this next) and “VOILA!”, you’ve taken the guesswork out of the whole thing. Planning ahead also allows me to let my cold water from my fridge cool down to my temperature preference (see above).

  • Know your needs

The amount of water that you need per day is dependent upon a number of factors. If you’re not sure where to start, try taking this simple quiz to find out:

http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

  • Liven it up with Citrus

Fresh lemons and limes are perfect calorie-free additions to water. Go bold, go big, go citrus.

Hopefully this helps all of you water-loathers out there. Raise your glass (or a BPA-free bottle) and drink up!

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4 Responses to “H-Two-Oh”

  1. serenityluv1 March 22, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Water is great! I been adding fresh lemon juice to mine and it gives it a bit of flavor and I hear it helps burn calories too…not sure if it’s true or not but I am trying it and liking it!

  2. serenityluv1 March 22, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Can too much water cause bloating? Or water gain?

    • Health Coach Meg March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      In fact, it causes the opposite. It aids with digestion and bloating. However, it is possible to drink too much water, but that is in EXTREME cases. You also want to drink throughout the day and not all at one time. Try the water calculator link on the blog post and aim for that! You may be surprised to see how measuring out your water beforehand can really help you drink the water that you need. 🙂

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