|Nothing so crucial to a healthy diet as water|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 08:51|
Choosing healthy beverages is a great first step to an overall healthy diet. Americans are drinking more soft drinks than ever. Per capita soft-drink consumption has increased almost 500 percent over the past 50 years. One reason for the steady rise in soft drink consumption is larger portion sizes; fountain drinks can range in size from 22 to 64 ounces.
Do you drink enough water every day? Some of you may drink the recommended 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Here are some ideas to help you and your family increase your water intake.
Why is water important?
Water keeps everything in your body working properly. It helps to flush out toxins and wastes from your body. It helps to regulate temperature in your body. It can make you feel full and help you reduce the amount of food/calories you have at a meal.
How can I add more water to my day?
• Drink a glass of water in the morning when you first get up, before your morning coffee or tea.
• Drink water with meals. When you order water at a restaurant you will also save money. This is an easy way to have a glass or two of the recommended 6 to 8 glasses.
• Use a refillable water bottle and take it to work with you. Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water for a refreshing taste.
• Take water with you if you are exercising or engaging in physical activity. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Also, don't wait until you get thirsty before drinking water.
• Enjoy a cold glass of water before your meal. You may find that you are eating fewer calories if you drink water before your meal.
• Enjoy an afternoon water break. Walk to the water fountain and enjoy the cool refreshing water.
• If you don't like the taste of pure water, add no-calorie flavors to the water for a sweet tasting treat.
If you aren't a water drinker, set your goal this week to increase the amount of water you drink. Aim for 6-8 glasses (8 ounces) each day. This is one habit you will want to continue - even after a week is over. Make it one of your new spring/summer wellness habits. It is important for your long-term wellness and you will feel better!
Drinking enough water? http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/drinking-enough-water-topic-overview
USDA, Choose My Plate, available at http://choosemyplate.gov
Think your drink. http://www.extension.org/pages/19869/rethink-your-drin
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