H2O Hydration Habit
The empty calories found in sodas, sport drinks, coffee creamer, and juices can lead to high blood sugar and weight gain, increasing your risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and some cancers. One proven method to avoid drinking your calories is to reach for water, an all-natural, calorie-free thirst quencher. Try these tips to drink more water each day.
BYOB – Bring your own bottle
Bring your own bottle to work, the gym, and especially in the car! When you take a water bottle with you wherever you go, you’re more likely to stay hydrated. When choosing a water bottle, look for a BPA-free (bisphenol A) product. Exposure to BPA should be avoided when possible. When in doubt, use glass or stainless steel containers.
If you’re physically active, be sure to re-hydrate and energize your muscles. Dehydration can negatively impact endurance, so don’t wait until you are thirsty. At that point, you are already dehydrated. Drink enough water before, during, and after your workouts. A rule of thumb is to drink 5 to 9 ounces for every 20 minutes of exercise.
Downsize, don’t supersize
If you’re craving a beverage other than water, choose to downsize rather than supersize. Beverage portion size is equally important to the portion size on your plate, so use a small cup and be aware of your consumption. Avoid refills unless it’s a healthy choice, and order the kid’s size from time to time.
Lead the water way
Set a good example and be a liquid leader. Encourage others to re-think their drink by being a strong role model for family, friends, and co-workers—grab a glass or pitcher to share!
Did you know?
Water works for you and benefits your body. It aids with joint health, organ function, body temperature regulation, a strong immune system, skin and hair, and digestion. Visit WebMD.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drinkwater for more ways water can help your body!