Water is one of the healthiest things for us, so it’s important that all the members of the family are drinking enough of it. Water is good for you in lots of ways; it helps your organs to function, clears toxins from the body, keeps your skin healthy and even helps brain function and concentration. But what water should you drink and how can you make sure you’re getting enough?
Should I Drink A Specific Kind Of Water?
It should be obvious that drinking water is good for you, but with all the different bottled waters on the market, it might be confusing. Is one water better than the other? Should you be drinking tap water, or buying mineral water? Do you need a water filter? What’s the difference between regular mineral water and Waiakea Water?
According to nutritionists, which water you drink is down to personal preference. Spring water, mineral water, alkaline water, filtered water or just water from your kitchen tap is all fine and will have plenty of health benefits for you when you drink it. Just drink the water you enjoy most.
How Do I Know If I’m Dehydrated?
Most of us are dehydrated more often than we might think. There are some signs you can watch for to tell if you should boost your water intake. One of the most obvious signs is that you will need to urinate less often, and when you do, your urine will be darker, cloudier and have a stronger smell.
When you’re dehydrated, your mouth doesn’t produce as much saliva, which allows bacteria to grow on your tongue. The bacteria then contributes to bad breath. You’re also more likely to feel fatigued when you’re dehydrated, and could be more susceptible to falling ill.
Water is good for your digestion, which means that if you aren’t drinking it, you might end up constipated. Your skin will be drier, duller and less healthy, and be more prone to acne.
How Can I Drink More Water?
If you’re one of the many people who don’t really like the taste of plain water, this can make getting enough of it difficult. There are a few tricks you can try to make it easier though. Try sparkling water instead of still to see if that’s more to your taste.
To improve the taste of plain water, buy an infuser bottle or keep a jug in the fridge, and add slices of fruit or vegetables to your water. Strawberries work well, or the classic lemon and lime. Cucumber and mint is also very tasty.
Keeping a metal water bottle with you to remind you to keep drinking, and keep sipping throughout the day. Drink a glass of water before you have a meal, for an easy way to get in three more glasses without really noticing it. If you usually drink juice, coffee, or soft drinks, try switching some of your usual drinks to water. Water is a better hydrator than anything else, so you won’t miss anything by switching your afternoon can of coke for a glass of water.