Drink that water!!

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Recently had a friend ask me when are the best times to drink water & how much. This pictorial above provides just a few answers to that exact question.

In addition here’s what I do:

  • When I’m feeling hungry and I’ve recently eaten I first drink water as it’s not uncommon for the body to mistake thirst/dehydration for hunger.
  • On a good day I carry around a water bottle and aim to drink the whole thing (18 oz.) and refill it at least once an hour.
  • When my family & I know we’re going to be away from home for the majority of the day we’ll fill up a medium-size water cooler the night before & keep it in the refrigerator. Before we leave the next day we put the cooler in the trunk of the car so we can fill up our water bottles at any point while we’re out.
  • I really pay attention to how much water I’m drinking during a meal…I don’t drink much and I definitely don’t guzzle it. Drinking lots of water with a meal will dilute your stomach acid and thus hinder the digestion process. Drink your water about 30 minutes before a meal and wait for 30 minutes after you’ve finished.
  • I am constantly chugging water during cross-training workouts…at least 3 bottles in an hour (64 oz.) which is more than the recommended 6-8 oz. every 20 minutes but I figure my body needs it! I don’t drink while running but the minute I start my post-run stretch I start drinking the water.
  • I always keep a bottle or glass of water next to my bed; I find when I haven’t had enough water during the day I will wake up at night feeling parched and will immediately reach for that bottle/glass.

It’s not always easy to want to drink water or remember for that matter! Some people find that if they add a little flavor to their water it motivates them to drink it. Not only that but it’s also much better for you than soda, juices, and artificially-flavored waters. Believe it or not there are recipes for infused water! Here are just a couple from a great website (Fruit Infused Water):

Cucumber & Lemon Medley water

(www.fruitinfusedwater.com)

  Cucumber & Lemon Medley

  • 6 cups chilled still spring or mineral water
  • 12 thin slices cucumber
  • 4 thin slices lemon

In a 2- to 2 1/2-quart pitcher, combine water, cucumber, lemon. Serve, or cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. Add ice cubes just before serving.

Cherry Limeade infused water

(www.fruitinfusedwater.com)

Cherry Limeade

  • 1 Key Lime sliced thinly
  • 6 pitted cherries cut in half
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • ice and water

Let steep 30 minutes.

Grapefruit Orange Lime infused water

(www.fruitinfusedwater.com)

Grapefruit, Orange & Lime

  • 1/2 a grapefruit thinly sliced
  • 1 Orange thinly sliced
  • !/2 a lime thinly sliced
  • A few mint sprigs (optional)
  • Water and Ice

Chill for a stronger flavor or serve right away for a nice light refreshment.

Take a look at this {hopefully} up-and-coming bottle specifically designed for fruit-infused water on the go! It’s called the Define Bottle. The Define Bottle was developed by 14-year-old entrepreneur, Carter Kostler, whose goal is “to improve the health of children one drink at a time by providing the tools for a sustainable alternative to juice, soda and other sugary drinks that have led to the childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic.”

​In Carter’s own words:

The Define Bottle is a really cool looking fruit infused water bottle to take on the go. I took the concept behind popular fruit infused water pitchers and made it portable, not to mention stylish. If we are going to get kids to use this, it has to look cool. Now to use this bottle, you simply add fresh fruit into the bottom chamber, fill it with water and you have naturally flavored water. To get at the obesity problem, you have to address the behaviors behind the disease. Empty calories from juice and soda are readily available and we need to give children the right tools to create a healthy alternative. The connection between sugary drinks and obesity is clear. Take a look at some of the research showing the connection…On Oct 12, 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article about providing obese children with noncaloric beverages for 1 year versus a control group that could drink what they want. At 1 year, the kids that avoided the sugary drinks lost weight compared to the kids in the control group. Our goal is to take this bit of research into the real world. The goal would be to get these bottles into schools and to educate the children on the negative effects of soda and sugary beverages. A thought would be to have grants cover the cost of the bottles or co-brand with corporations and have them help with the cost of getting these bottles in to the hands of children.

Check out & vote for Carter’s innovative idea at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Facebook page!

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