Insights & Actions for Healthy Living

Stay hydrated, drink enough water is what I hear from everyone. I hate plain water—what can I do?

That is actually something that I hear frequently from my clients, especially adults who did not grow up drinking water or older adults who prefer to have a cup of coffee all day long.

It is very important that we hydrate ourselves throughout the day and especially when we workout. Does that mean every drop needs to be plain water? Definitely not!

Did you realize that we get 20% of our fluid from the foods we eat? We can add in more foods that naturally contain water, such as fresh fruits, gelatin, popsicles, and soups to help offset some beverage intake.

What other beverages can you drink to get enough fluid? If you don’t like plain water, try jazzing it up with infusions of fresh mint; fresh lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange wedges; sweetened drink powders (limit to one a day in preference to natural products); crystallized lemon and lime flavor (100% natural); frozen fruits such as strawberries, berries, pomegranate, acai berry, etc.; grated ginger with your lemon; cucumber slices; fresh fruit in season like mango, papaya, kiwi, pineapple; coconut water; peppermint and other flavors you enjoy.

You can use decaffeinated tea and tea blends, coffee, smoothies, 100% juices, veggie juice or fruit juice blends, or flavored mineral waters. Remember, some of these drinks will add calories to your sipping.

If you make a pitcher of flavored water each day in the amount you need to drink keeping it cold in the refrigerator, you can see every day if you are drinking enough. Carry your water with you in a to-go cup so that you don’t miss any opportunity to enjoy a sip.

Enjoy some fresh new flavors!

Oh, and stay hydrated!

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