Stay hydrated throughout the day. 6-8 glasses of water a day is recommended. Here are three benefits of drinking water and three ways to make drinking water more enjoyable and tasty.
On average, 60-75% of the adult human body is water. Water's vital functions include dissolving and carrying nutrients and oxygen around the body, regulating body temperature, keeping tissues moist and joints lubricated, protecting organs and ensuring their proper operation... The list goes on!
Consuming the recommended
six to eight glasses of water per day helps ensure that our bodies have enough water to perform these functions, and therefore survive — we literally cannot live without water.
6 Reasons to Drink Water
Been keeping up with your exercise routine and perspiring more? We lose water all the time through fluids like perspiration and urine, which help remove water-soluble waste products from our body to function properly.
We need a constant supply of water to replace what has been lost. So drink up and stay hydrated!
Watching your weight? Water might help you reach your weight loss goals. Downing a glass of water before meals could create a temporary sense of fullness, preventing you from eating too much which will help you manage your body weight.
Water is also a healthier alternative to sweetened drinks — most of them contain sugar and empty calories with little or no nutrients and very few health benefits. And as we know, consuming too much sugar will increase our risk of obesity and diabetes.
But some of us might find water too bland for our taste. Good thing there are ways to make water tastier, without adding any sugar!
How to Order Healthier Drinks
Make eight glasses of water enjoyable and tasty with these infusions, which you can easily tote around in a small, BPA-free 250 ml bottle to meet the recommended daily water intake.
Keep track of how much you’ve saved on drinks at the end of the week, and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the amount of water you have consumed!
Freeze small pieces of fruit such as grapes, blueberries and strawberries, and use them as ice cubes to chill your drink.
Make ice cubes out of unsweetened fruit juice and add one or two of them to a tall glass of water for a mild, fruity flavour. You’ll find yourself increasing your water intake and staying hydrated with greater ease.
Add a handful of fresh herbs, such as mint or basil, into a pitcher of water and let it infuse overnight. You can also combine this with a few refreshing slices of cucumber or oranges to your bottle of water.
Enjoy high tea like a tai tai by experimenting with different flavours of tea.
From traditional Chinese teas like
Oolong, to more “atas” (high-class) Western teas like Earl Grey and mint, to aromatic teas like Ginger and Masala Chai, there’s a whole world of tea to explore!
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This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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