You’re not only adding flavor to your water, but you’re also adding more health benefits. It’s no secret most people need to drink more water in fact the Food and Nutrition Board guidelines recommend 91 ounces per day for women and 125 ounces for men. It can come from food and plain water so why not combine the two and make every sip even more powerful. While all of these are great additions to your water on their own, many can be combined for a more flavorful experience.
If you’re looking to add some texture to your water, these little guys might just be the perfect solution. When chia seeds are soaked in water they absorb the liquid around them and take on a gelatinous texture. You’ll want to drink more water when you get a little snack with every sip. They add a fun and unexpected element to your water making you want to take another sip even if you’ve just put your glass down.
Although they are small in size, chia seeds pack a big nutritional punch. They contain high amounts of fiber, omega-3, calcium, and phosphorus. Most Americans don’t get the recommended daily intake (RDI) when it comes to omega-3, so you’ll not only drink more water by adding these to your glass, you’ll be increasing your omega-3 intake. A simple solution to two separate health problems. The recommended amount for a glass of water is 3 tablespoons and you’ll reap the rewards. One ounce of chia seeds contains 4 grams of protein. Plus they aid in fighting free radicals that enhance signs of aging. With the numerous health benefits, you’ll want to drink more water with these little guys floating around in the glass.
If you haven’t already seen the rave on social media and nearly any fitness influencer about the benefits of lemon water, we are here to shed some light. Aside from adding a tart and bright flavor to your cup which will lead to you wanting to drink more water. Lemons have their own health properties that will lead to better overall health with each sip. While it’s important to have strong immunity year-round, during the colder months when flu season is in full swing you’ll want all the extra protection you can get. While somewhat contradicting, there is anecdotal evidence that vitamin C helps reduce the risk or lessen the duration of the flu or cold.
The Healthline states lemon juice from one lemon only contains 18.6 milligrams of Vitamin C and the RDI for adults is 65 to 90 milligrams. However, even adding more Vitamin C to your daily routine by adding it to your glass to drink more water could help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes, and lower blood pressure. You’ll get added flavor and benefits by adding lemon to your water. Additionally, since it’s in the Vitamin C family, it helps absorb iron from plant food sources so for anyone who is vegan or vegetarian this is vital. Adding slices of lemon to your water will make it bright and happy and you’ll look like you are carrying little smiles with you throughout your day.
Try switching up the temperature of your water if you’re trying to drink more water throughout your day. Having a warm cup of water in the morning with the addition of a cinnamon stick brings autumn to your cup and happiness to your gut.
Cinnamon serves as one of the spices that contain a significant amount of antioxidants additionally it helps increase the Total Antioxidant Capacity in the body. That is just the term used to describe the number of free radicals your body can fight off. The more free radicals your body can fight off the better off your health will be as these are the agents that damage cells and contribute to diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
When cramps strike out against the body during that time of the month, it’s natural to seek something soft and warm for comfort. Well not only will the cinnamon tea potentially help alleviate cramps, but it could also reduce the amount of bleeding and help reduce vomiting. More medical research needs to be done to solidify the findings but one study showed promising results. When that time comes around fix yourself a warm mug of cinnamon tea and you’ll find yourself drinking more water in no time.
Can a fruit that’s mostly water add flavor to your glass making you want to drink more water? Absolutely. Sometimes a sweaty morning workout is just what you need to kick your butt into gear for the day. It leaves you reaching for a water bottle thereby setting you on the right path to drink more water throughout the day. But cucumbers help your muscles because they have silica in them which is a component that aids in keeping connective tissue healthy.
More studies need to be done to confirm the effects on humans, but cucumbers were shown to prevent mice from developing learning deficiencies and memory loss. Even if it’s later proven not to have the same effect on humans, if it encourages you to drink more water right now, that’s a win.
No, this isn’t just a recent fad, rose water has been used for centuries to cure ailments on the skin and internally. The subtly sweet flavor from the rose petals will leave you excited to drink more and you’ll feel luxurious after each sip. If you have struggled with gut issues in the past such as bloating, rose water has been shown to help relieve those symptoms. If that doesn’t already have your reaching for a glass of this pink power drink, then this benefit to your skin might just push you to drink more water during the day.
Dermatologist Natasha Sandy rose water has ani inflammatory properties such as flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, B, C, and E all of these combined have the ability to reduce skin ailments such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Adding rose petals to your glass will not only look pretty for your next Instagram post, but it will help you feel pretty inside and out.
Flavored Ice Cubes
It’s okay if the idea of free-floating fruit or other things in your water actually does the opposite of making you want to drink more water because you can make your ice work for you. Use unsweetened fruit juice to make ice cubes in a variety of flavors to keep your day exciting. If the reason you don’t drink enough water is that you find the flavor, or lack thereof, boring, add 100% pure fruit juice ice cubes. Go for the purest form of juice you can find and that will retain the health benefits without adding sugar to your water.
The pop of flavor as it slowly melts into your water will make you want to keep sipping all day long. These are the perfect healthy treats you can make ahead for yourself. Many people recommend using pure cranberry juice, pineapple juice, green tea, and plenty of other combinations. When you add these ice cubes to your drink, you won’t feel like you’re drinking water, but your body will reap all the benefits of more water.
What else do you add to your cup to trick yourself into drinking more water? Let us know in the comments below!
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