Water is essential. It comprises 70% of the Earth’s surface, and without it, we wouldn’t exist.
Every system of your body depends on H2O. It promotes a moist environment for your ears and throat, flushes away toxins and helps you feel (and look) your best.
Water is important for your teeth, too. It washes away plaque-causing food debris and keeps your mouth moist. Tap water often contains fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that, in the right amounts, can strengthen developing teeth and prevent decay.
Your body is a temple. And, if you don’t make water your hydration queen, the dehydration dictator will take over.
Our bodies constantly eliminate water — through bathroom breaks, sweating and even breathing. This makes water consumption extra important. Your ideal water amount depends on factors like age, activity level and location. However, the “drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day,” rule is a good baseline.
How can you get your daily water supply? It’s easier than you think.
Get your daily “8 by 8” with these 8 tips:
Did you know you could eat your water? In fact, you may already hydrate with some of your favorite foods:
Water and fiber high-five in this nutritious stick. Plus, the chewing stimulates saliva flow, which helps wash away harmful teeth bacteria.
The first half of the word should give you a clue. This seed-filled summer favorite contains 90% water.
You may not think of summer as soup weather, but your thirst disagrees. Make sure to look for a low-sodium version, as high salt levels can leave you dehydrated.
• Ice Pops
These eye-pleasing pops are made mostly of ice. They provide extra H2O and easily increase your daily fruit count.
Not in the mood for a snack? Try these tips:
• Set an alarm.
There are plenty of apps designed to keep you hydrated. If you want to keep it simple, set a “water alarm” for every few hours.
• Add a flavor.
A fruit infuser water bottle is an inexpensive way to add natural sweetness. If you’re not into fruit, try a sugar-free flavor powder.
• Make it sparkle!
Add bubbles to make your water regimen a 5-star experience. Buy your favorite brand or make your own fancy fizzy water at home.
• Keep it nearby.
“Water, water everywhere,” should be your new motto. Make it easy to drink water by keeping a bottle in your car, at your desk and at any other personal hotspots.
Drink up for a pitcher perfect you!