When you’re thirsty what is the first drink that you take? Fruit juice, Slurpee, coffee, tea, or something sweet, the options are numerous for us to choose from.
Many of us have probably heard or come across the essentials of water, and how it is beneficial for our body system. However despite these positive claims, some people (especially myself) may find it hard to drink water on a day to day basis. The requirements of water intake will most likely differ for each person and may depend on age, weight and level of activity.
- People may feel reluctant to meet their water requirement because.
- They might forget to drink water, and forget to carry a bottle of water.
- Water is too boring and lacks flavors like fruit juices, soft drinks and other beverages.
For those who find it a bit challenging, here are some ideas, such as flavouring water, which can help create a positive attitude in regards to increasing water intake.
- Ginger: A great idea from Wise bread, If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a “zing” to your water. If it is added to boiling water it is also a great way to clear your throat and sinuses during a cold.
- Herbs – Another great idea from Wise bread, Mint, lemongrass, and parsley are great for adding aroma and a hint of green to your water. If you want to release the flavour you can crush the plants a little bit before putting them into your water.
- Cucumber: very refreshing drink and pleasant aroma.
- Berries: Blueberries and strawberries have distinct flavours that could be soaked up by water. All you have to do is cut or crush a few of the berries into your water.
- Citrus fruit: Lemons, lime, oranges, grapefruit. Flavour is just a squeeze away!
- Tea: Believe it or not but tea bags works just as well in cold water as it do in hot water.
- Mixed fruit : Orange, lemon, lime, strawberry’s, and cucumber go well together
- Peaches and Hint of Aloe Vera gel juice: Personally I find this combination quite nice, thanks Aloe V therapy.
- Unsweetened fruit juice – Leisureguy blog suggests cranberry or pomegranate juice. Just add a splash or two to a glass of water. Zing!
Here are a few more ideas which include double combinations, which may be the ideal drink for anyone to make and enjoy.
- Ginger and lemon: Great for winter!!
- Strawberries and mint
- Cubed honeydew melon with cucumber:
- Sliced cucumber and lemons.
Making these small changes, takes time and commitment. Depending on your goal you may want cut back on 1 soft drink and replace it with 1 or 2 glasses of water, or diluting your fruit juice by ¼ or even something else. There is a table which I found which shows a rough guideline of beverage intake. (The link is under the resource section in this post). Its quite lengthy highlights the importance of the moderation of beverage intake