Did you know that when we are reaching for food outside of normal meal time, most of us are really thirsty not hungry? Interesting, right? Think about all the calories we could save if we simply stop and drink water first before reaching for a snack. In fact LiveStrong reports that the part of our brain that is responsible for interpreting hunger vs thirst is the same. That means we are potentially getting mixed signals!
Most people look at me odd because I carry around a large 32oz bottle of water. I like it because it is big and it reminds me to keep drinking water! LiveStrong also reports that by the time we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated. That is why it is important to keep sipping water through-out the day to increase the likelihood we will become hydrated.
But you may be thinking, yuck - water. I'd rather drink anything else. Oh, and I drink coffee or tea - doesn't that count? Yes - actually it does. WebMD reports that many used to believe that coffee or tea were dehydrating, but that myth has been debunked. The diuretic effect does not offset hydration.
How do you know if you are drinking enough water? WebMD states if you are urinating every 2-4 hours, the output is light in color, and there is significant volume, then you are hydrated. Need to get hydrated but water is not your favorite thing to drink?
Here are 3 Simple Ways to increase your fluid intake.
1) DRINK TEA
There are so many teas on the market now - both hot and cold - that it is easy to find a flavor that you like. Plus, if you choose a flavored tea that is based on green tea or white tea, you are increasing antioxidant intake. Now you are getting two health benefits in one. Hydration plus antioxidant activity. Did someone say Tea Time?
2) DRINK BONE BROTH
Everyone has heard about chicken soup being the best remedy for a cold. Why? The proteins that are found in the broth from the bones simmering in water. Bone Broth has become very popular and you can easily buy it on amazon or find it in a local grocery store. Below is the price of a 3 pack from Pacific on Amazon.
Dr. Axe reports that bone broth is very good for you because it is nutrient dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and they have properties to support good health. For example, the collagen in bone broth can help with joint pain and reducing inflammation. Also, chicken broth has amino acids which can improve digestion.
3) DRINK FRUIT OR VEGETABLE INFUSED WATER
Now, if you don't like drinking water here is an idea to make it more fun. Ever been to a gym or spa or even a hotel lobby where there fruit or vegetable infused water? Turns out these are healthier for you than plain water! And you thought it just looked pretty!
This doesn't have to cost a lot to make. There are a variety of water bottles that contain a holder in the middle to put fruit and veggies. Or you can use a water bottle without the container.
Use sliced cucumbers to really enhance hydration or place frozen fruit into the water for a burst of fruity flavor. Lemons are also great to enhance digestion. Once you've added the fruit or vegetables to the water, place it in the refrigerator so the flavors can meld together.
I hope the 3 ideas listed above demonstrate how easy it is to get more fluids into your body during the day. If you try any of them, let me know what you think. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.