Winning With Water
Americans consume an average of 88 grams or 22 teaspoons of added sugars each day. That’s an increase of 20% over the past 3 decades!
The American Heart Association now recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day, and men consume no more than 9.
One easy way to cut back on sugar is to drink more water—and fewer sugary drinks.
Water is crucial for your health, but much of the time we take it for granted or don’t even want to drink it. It is important to remember what it does for your body and why you should always choose water over sugary beverages.
Water can help to control weight! When we are dehydrated, we sometimes feel hungry, which can lead to eating more calories than needed. Staying hydrated helps you from feeling hungry when you are not in need of food. Also, because water is a zero-calorie beverage, it helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Water helps to maintain body fluid balance. Your body is mainly made up of water, and staying hydrated helps your body create saliva and transport nutrients. Water aids in digestion, absorption of nutrients, and healthy circulation, and also helps to regulate your body temperature.
Water helps your muscles. If your muscles don’t have enough fluid, you will feel them fatigue more rapidly and will not perform as well.
Water keeps you looking good. Your skin will look dry and more wrinkled when you are dehydrated. Drink up
Water promotes healthy bowel function. Drinking enough water will keep things moving in your gastrointestinal system and help you avoid becoming constipated.
Water helps your kidneys work properly. Your kidneys dispose of waste through urine and water will help you to urinate more frequently, ridding your body of what it doesn’t need.
Try some of the tips below for easy and inexpensive tips to spice up your water!
Slices of fresh or frozen fruit, such as oranges, mangoes, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries to a pitcher or bottle of water. It looks pretty, and adds aroma and flavor with no calories.
Fresh herbs, such as mint. Crush herbs to release their flavor and aroma, and add to cold or hot water.
Cucumber slices make a fresh addition to your cup.
Lemon or lime—either squeeze the juice into your water or add a slice or two for a citrus kick.
Flavored ice cubes—freeze your favorite fruit juice in an ice tray. Use the cubes to add a hint of flavor and aroma to water.
Prefer a warm drink? Try a cup of herbal tea. Go for decaffeinated varieties, as the caffeine can be a mild diuretic, which dehydrates you.
Sparkling water or soda water makes a fizzy change from plain tap water. Infuse with fruit or herbs, if you like.