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A Great Time to Change Water Drinking Habits

Aug 01, 2015 08:17AM ● By Jennifer Neys

A Great Time to Change Water Drinking Habits

by Tonya Amos

The sun is high in the sky, it’s hot outside, and we’re most likely thirsty. Because we notice our thirst more readily during the summer, it’s a great time to change our water drinking habits.

Water is part of who we are on this planet. From oceans, to plant life, to those of us who sit in traffic, it’s part of the great continuity. Depending on our age and gender, humans are made up of 50-75% water. It’s integral to our survival, health, and quality of life. From the sea, to swimming pools, showers, steam rooms, and ice cubes, water in all its forms gives us joy, health, and comfort. Water is at the very basis of our survival and our ability to thrive. It’s essential for metabolism, digestion, body temperature regulation, transport of fluids, and dispelling of wastes from the body. It gives us energy, increases athletic performance, and decreases post exercise fatigue. It supports weight loss and joint health. It helps our focus and concentration, improves skin clarity, prevents headaches, provides hangover help, and generally improves mood.  

Many vegetables and fruits, such as cucumbers, celery, radishes, watermelon, and strawberries, are rich in water, and they have great nutrition. Sometimes just adding a little bit of flavor to water makes a big difference in how much we are able to drink. Blending a bit of fruit with water makes a healthy version of agua fresca. A sprig of mint or a slice of ginger shifts its personality. Adding a squeeze of lemon, lime, orange, or a non-caffeinated, fruit-flavored tea bag also changes its appeal.  

Remember to always carry your refillable water bottle with you, as you’ll drink more frequently. Consciously shifting your habits when you’re hot this summer will set you up well for the rest of the year.