Everyone knows this. But did you know that there are so many ways you can help yourself drink more water other than lugging around a water bottle? Both books I read say to have lemon water right when you wake up. It prevents dehydration that develops when we sleep, and it instantly reduces fatigue. Foodbabe Vani Hari likes to drink luke-warm lemon water with a pinch of cayenne because the body will respond better to room temperature water and the cayenne is good for cleansing. But you can also just drink any water with lemon, or at the very least, drink just a glass of water right when you wake up.
And there are so many things you can do to dress up your water without being unhealthy. You can drink herbal teas like rooibos, mint or fruit teas. Green and white tea is low in caffeine and have amazing health benefits. However, highly caffeinated teas (black, red, oolong) and coffee are diuretics, so they can actually deplete you from hydration, so reserve these drinks for after breakfast relaxing. There is also infused water: infuse your water with fruit or herbs to give a subtle taste and extract health benefits from the fruits and herbs. One of my favorite combos is water with mint and strawberry.
My new favorite drink has become the citron pressé, or the French lemonade. Squeeze about half a lemon into cold or hot water. Some add sugar, but I'd rather not drink sugar. And always remember to use a straw to prevent the acidity from ruining the enamel on your teeth. A citron pressé is very tart, but I love it and it wakes me right up! I might be biased, but I also love drinking sparkling mineral water. It has the carbonation of soda, but no sugar! One of the most refreshing beverages on a hot day is cold sparkling mineral water with a touch of lemon juice. The carbonation makes the water very textured.
One more thing worth mentioning is soup. Eating soup before or during a meal can also help you get your daily intake of water.
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