Water, Water, Everywhere….

23 Jul

Drink more water.  This phrase has become popular these days.  You often hear your massage therapist tell you to drink water after a massage session.  The reality is drinking water allows for our bodies to be properly hydrated.  When we are hydrated our muscles are more fluid, waste materials are flushed out of our bodies, the occurrence of headaches is reduced and to be honest every system in the body benefits and functions more efficiently from proper hydration.

A common complaint people make is water is boring, it has no flavor and it’s plain.  Because of these excuses a lot of us tend not to drink enough water or we turn to water alternatives that may not be as beneficial.  There are many flavored waters on the market these days that people turn to in order to get their water intake without the plainness of water.  When it comes to flavored waters you want to be careful and become a label reader.

Watch out for the following in flavored water:

  • Artificial flavors and colors– these hold no nutritional value or benefit to your body.
  • Sugar– water drinks with sugar are okay if you consume them before or after a workout.  You do not however want to consume these all the time in place of water.
  • Hidden sugars– sucrolase (Splenda) is often added to water drinks to give it flavor without calories.  Sucrolase is a chemically modified sugar molecule made in a lab.

This may sound very gloom and doom for those of you who do not like plain old water. But there is hope! There are some alternatives to “plain” water that are not full of artificial additives to improve the flavor.

  • Mineral water– is a great alternative!  It does not contain any artificial sweeteners.  Mineral water also contains more calcium and magnesium than what is in tap water, so that is a plus!
  • Make you own flavored water! Add cucumber slices to a pitcher of water, or lemon slices, or even lime slices…be sure to drink within 2-3 days or change out the fruit/vegetable in the water.  Fresh mint is another good additive to your water.

If you want to see the power of water in action just water a drooping plant and take note of the results!  I hope this puts a new twist on your view of water.  Stay hydrated everyone and have fun making your own flavored water!

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2 Responses to “Water, Water, Everywhere….”

  1. William July 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Oh, yes! I got this from Rose a lot 🙂 And I was faithful in drinking water following a massage therapy session; however, it wasn’t until recently when I started tracking my water intake that I became more consistent. Now when I get up, I drink a pint of water and it gets me going like a cup of coffee used to! Although, I do still follow it with a cup of coffee 🙂 It would seem self-evident that an organism that consists so much of water (our bodies) would be happier receiving a regular intake of water but we are bombarded by so much non-water commercialization that it almost seems un-American! Still, the byword should be: hydration 🙂

    Thanks, Nikki!

    • Nikki July 24, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      No problem! Glad you are tracking your water and enjoying the benefit! Good for you for starting your day with water! 🙂

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