When it comes to rehydrating your bodies, I’m sure if all health implications were taken out of the equation, most of you would opt for a beer, glass of wine or a fizzy soft drink over a bog standard glass of water any day!
Without over generalising too much, most things that taste good to our pallet, either food or drink related, are not going to be good for us in terms of their health and nutrition benefits. Water is one healthy drink option that isn’t going to set your taste buds tingling, but there’s simply no escaping its criticalness to your health. With the human body consisting of approximately 60-70% body weight from water it’s easy to see why it’s so vitally important to stay hydrated at all times.
Every system and function in your body relies on sufficient water levels to function efficiently and effectively. Going into a state of dehydration can not only create internal disruptions, but it can also bring about a state of fatigue and mental confusion. At higher levels of dehydration it can become both critical and life threatening. Water really is that important.
For many of you, the main problem with water despite its benefits, as stated above, is that it’s boring! Although it might be responsible for regulating body temperature, removing toxins and balancing blood sugar levels this doesn’t escape the bland taste of the product. So what else can you really do? Here at FitnessBeans we’ve considered ways in which you can make your water intake less chore some and less tedious whilst at the same time maintaining optimal states of hydration. So what have we got on the menu for you?
Why not add a few drops of your favourite juice to your glass of water to spice things up a little. Find something with natural ingredients and preferably no added sugar which will hopefully satisfy your taste buds for a short while! Cranberry is a sure favourite.
There’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold glass of water with fruit infused flavourings. Allow your creative streak to take over and add items such as lemon, orange, berries and watermelon to your glass. Even cucumber provides a tasty alternative.
With the summer months now upon us, what better way to celebrate than by creating your own ice cubes and/ or ice lollies. Add flavourings such as those described above to create your very own flavoursome iced masterpieces!
The above three options are all beverage related ideas which you can easily put in place to make your water consumption more bearable and more enjoyable. Don’t forget that water can also be obtained from the foods you consume. Previous research has demonstrated that up to 25% of your water requirements are met through food consumption alone. Vegetables and fruits tend to contain the highest percentages of water, so why not opt for a salad on a regular basis or ensure these foods feature regularly in your diet. Alternative foods such as soups and broths also contain high water levels and with the British summer being as unpredictable as ever, you might just need a warm meal in the near future!
So there you have it, some drink and food alternatives to ensure you stay hydrated at all times whilst at the same time trying to satisfy your taste buds. If you’ve got any other drink and food alternatives that fall into this category then be sure to share them below with the other FitnessBeans readers.