Drinking water can be tough but it is essential in keeping your body hydrated, minimizing fatigue, aiding in digestion and removing toxins. Basically, water plays a vital role in almost every bodily function! Most people don’t drink enough water and instead substitute with coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks. These are NOT substitutes for water. Both Coffee and tea can act as diuretics which really just lead us to needing more water. Soda and diet soda are full of so many chemicals, heaps of sugar and unpronounceable ingredients – if it can double as rust remover, should you really be drinking it? There are so many drinks out there that are low in calories, sugar and fat but what are you really drinking? Where is that flavor coming from when something has 0 calories?
Personally, I’m not a coffee drinker. I drink tea on occasion. I drink alcohol maybe five times a year (I’d rather eat my calories). Fruit juice makes my heart race (sugar high) and soda/pop has never been my thing so water is my go to. I drink an average of 4-6 litres of water a day depending on my training.
Since I have started drinking more water my once debilitating migraines have disappeared, my skin is clearer, I have more energy and even my training feels better. But sometimes water needs a bit of kick.
3 Things I like to do:
A: muddle fruit and add it to my water/soda water (using my SodaStream)
B: infuse my water with fruit and mint
C: squeeze lemon or lime into my water
These simple little things can get you drinking more, and help you stay hydrated.
Some combinations I enjoy:
1. strawberry, lime
2. raspberry lime, mint
3. blueberry, lime, mint
4. pineapple, blueberries
5. lemon and orange
6. cucumber, orange
7. kiwi, raspberry and lime