Water is vital: it plays a number of key roles in the body.
Experts recommend drinking 1 to 1.5 litres of liquid daily (the equivalent of 6 to 8 glasses of water). Your daily dose can come from a number of different sources.
The effects of caffeine
When consumed in large quantities (more than 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day), caffeine can make you dehydrated.What about flavoured water?
- Pay close attention to the ingredients: some waters contain sugar, while others have a sugary flavour thanks to a sweetening agent, so make sure to choose one that suits you.
- Flavour water yourself with a hint of fruit juice, citrus fruits or fresh mint for a cheap, natural solution!
A number of factors can increase your need for liquids.
- Drink more during physical activity and in hot or humid weather.
Hydration�it�s clearly a must!
In addition to being essential to life, water helps you be at your best! To get the full benefit, you should drink water regularly every day before you get thirsty—thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Here are a few tips to help make it all crystal clear!
To remind yourself to drink enough water, it’s best to always keep it handy and take a bottle with you when you’re on the move. So you feel more like drinking, why not keep water in the refrigerator if you like it cold, or flavour it with something delicious and healthy? It will keep you coming back for more.
Speaking of coming back for more, here are some simple ideas to encourage you to drink more:
- Mint water: Soak mint leaves in water to give it a minty taste and refrigerate; add a dash of lemon juice for a thirst-quenching drink.
- Lemon water: Wash a few lemon sections and add them to your water.
- Refreshing cooler: Mix half sparkling water, half 100% pure fruit juice; add a few drops of lemon juice and four to five ice cubes!
- Sports drink: Mix one part 100% pure fruit juice with one part water for a drink that will keep you going when you’re physically active for more than an hour a time.
There are other ways to rehydrate yourself apart from water, fruit juice, or drinks!
- Soups provide a lot of water.
- Smoothie-type drinks are also tasty and nutritious.
- Biting into a ripe fruit or vegetable is another option—they contain around 80% water!
- And why not combine pleasure and nutrition with this
So many ways to quench your thirst . . . or prevent it!