Drinking water is the best beverage choice you can make. Did you know that water...
Helps to maintain a healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
Helps to increase energy levels.
Hydrates the body, quenches thirst, and supports other body functions necessary for your overall health.
Naturally moisturizes skin to support a healthy, glowing appearance.
Simply put, drinking water helps maintain your weight, increases your level of energy, and helps you feel and look healthier. And the best part of all, it’s cheap!
But what if…
I don’t like the taste of water? Add sliced lemons, limes, or oranges to your water for an added citrus flavor. Or, add frozen berries. Using a straw can also help by making it more difficult to taste the water.
I miss the bubbles in soda? Try drinking seltzer or sparkling water instead. These carbonated waters often come in different flavors, so you’ll get the bubbles and flavor of soda without the empty calories found in sugary drinks.
I’m an athlete and I need extra energy? You may think that because you’re an athlete you can drink sport drinks as much as you want. In reality, sport drinks are meant to help replace electrolytes lost during intense physical play only. This means one hour or more of endurance-related activity. Most people, however, rarely participate in an exercise or sport that requires more electrolytes than their diet already provides. Staying well hydrated with water and eating a healthy and balanced diet provides more than enough energy for you to perform at your peak. Drinking sports drinks will just add more calories and sodium than your body really needs
Bottled Water vs. Tap Water
Think bottled water is healthier for you than tap water? A review of the bottled water industry showed that just because water comes out of a bottle does not ensure it is cleaner or safer than water from the tap. In fact, about 25% of the time, bottled water is just tap water in a bottle. Bottled water is also not as well-regulated as tap water, and is often missing fluoride, which helps dental health. And finally, bottled water is much more expensive and not as environmentally friendly as the free water that comes from your tap. Next time you’re heading out, don’t forget to fill up your water bottle with tap water and go!
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