Water: The wonderful world of H2O Hydration
Water. The most vital nutrient of all.
A growing number of Alaskans are beginning to recognize water not only for quenching thirst, but also for tasting delicious along the way. Being active, where you live, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and overall health determine how much water a person needs. Mayo Clinic’s recommendations are:
Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal.
Drink water before, during and after exercise.
Drink water if you’re feeling hungry. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
No matter how much water you drink, these infusions sparkle with delicious bursts of flavor.
Lemons. Mint. Strawberries. Ginger. What do these things have in common? They are all delicious, beneficial, and can add a special punch to your hydration station. Adding fruit, vegetables and/or herbs not only adds flavor to water, but helps it look more tempting to drink. Drinking water has many benefits, including preventing constipation, regulating body temperature during exercise, keeping skin healthy, carrying oxygen to cells, flushing toxins out of the body through urine and waste, helping headaches, and reducing your risk of cancer.
The benefits of common water infusions.
Lemons have vitamin C. Mint is refreshing but also has properties to help with digestive issues. Berries have polyphenols and antioxidants that can help fight heart disease and certain cancers. Ginger can also help with the fight against cancer, help with arthritis pain and ease nausea. Other ideas for adding to your water are, cucumber, pineapple, watermelon, apples, cinnamon, grapefruit, lime and blueberries.