Nutrition

H2O Intolerant

June 7, 2014

Let’s face it, most of us know how much water is essential to everyday health, but we neglect to meet the requirement.

Soda can be more inexpensive and convenient than a bottle of Aqaufina™ . Dehydration can cause fatigue, dizziness, headaches, acne, and a general weakness. I have found that even drinking a cup of water with your breakfast- instead of my  usual juice- wakes me up and makes me feel just as energized as if I had a cup of coffee. The dreaded “Eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day” rule makes drinking water sound like a chore. However, I have learned a plethora of tips to help make drinking water easier.


 

Have it handy

When I was younger, I used to love to drink water. When all my friends would respond with Sprite™ or Coca Cola™ when asked what their favorite drink was, I would always stay faithful to H2O. I even drank water when it became hot from sitting in the car all day. Nowadays, with such a busy schedule, I usually choose whatever is convenient when I find myself parched.

It’s pretty self explanatory that keeping a bottle or tumbler accessible at all times can make drinking water a habit. Whether it be in your locker, on your desk, or by your bedside table, reminding yourself that water is available will make the need come naturally.

Spice it up

I used to go to camp every July. The sticky, humid air of Louisiana would weigh all of us down, and we would have our water bottle strapped to our hips at all times. The counselors made it a rule that before we ate, we had to drink three glasses of water. It was not fun for me, especially since being told what to do takes the fun out of everything. So I began to put watermelon cubes in my glass as a way to sweeten the chore. Ever since then, naturally flavored water is my preference.

You can flavor water with any type of fruit, excluding bananas. My mother prefers lemon and lime water. I like to use strawberries and watermelon. It’s simple to make infused water. Here are the steps:

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Step One: Choose your fruit

Here are some fruits that I had handy. Today I am choosing the trusty watermelon. I am also using the mason jar, even though all these containers are viable possibilities. You can even make it in a pitcher.

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Step Two: Squeeze!

After putting the fruit in the container, take a spoon or spatula and squeeze all the available juice out. Try to avoid mangling the fruit itself.

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Step Three: Ice Ice, Baby

Using a handful of ice cubes, pack down the fruit.

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Step Four: Take a Chill Pill

Fill with water and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours. I steep mine overnight.

Another good tip regarding variety is to eat your water. Foods containing high percentages of water can hydrate you. Watermelon, cucumbers, celery, or even soup with a lighter broth can count as your water intake.

Track it

You don’t actually have to follow the 8×8 rule, you just need to remember when and how frequently you should be drinking in the first place. There are many apps available, like Waterlogged, that has set reminders for water breaks. If apps aren’t your thing, you can set alarms to drink 2-3 glasses in intervals throughout the day. Here is a helpful chart to find how much water you should technically be drinking:

http://www.slenderkitchen.com/how-to-calculate-how-much-water-you-should-drink-a-day/

Stay Healthy,

Adia

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