Drink more water.
It’s a message we hear whenever we search for advice about losing weight, exercising safely, cleansing toxins, improving our skin care routine or supporting our immune system – and that’s just for starters.
Basically, one of the easiest things you can do to support your optimal health is to make sure you’re getting enough water each and every day. For the average person, that means between 72 and 96 oz. or 2-3 liters to replace the fluids normally lost throughout the day.
And if you’re exercising, you need even more. That doesn’t mean you must drink only water while excluding other beverages. But not all liquids will have the same hydrating effects. And some might have some unwanted side effects.
But your efforts toward hydration don’t have to be boring. Here are three ways to make staying hydrated a little less mundane.
Kick the soda habit
Kick your soda habit to the curb and replace it with sparkling water. Whether you call it soda or pop, the bubbly beverage can be laden with caffeine and sugar or artificial sweeteners.
While you may be getting some hydration from your soda, you’re also filling up on empty calories. And too much caffeine can have a dehydrating effect. Lose the sugar and caffeine while keeping the fizz by choosing sparkling water. The market is bursting with options, including some with added benefits.
XS™ Sparkling+ Water, for example, is a new functional water that offers varieties focusing on hydration and recovery and soon will add one for building lean muscle mass. XS™ Sparkling+ Electrolytes has added magnesium and potassium to help replenish those key electrolytes to support hydration before, during and after exercise.
XS™ Sparkling+ Magnesium is infused with magnesium to help in recovery after exercise, whether that’s a workout at the gym, helping your friend move or an outdoor adventure.† It has the added benefit of glucosamine, too.
And soon XS Sparkling+ Muscle Multiplier* will be added to the mix. It includes XS™ Muscle Multiplier* Essential Amino Acid Supplement, which helps build lean muscle mass when used as part of regular resistance training and a healthy diet.†
They all come in a variety of flavors and contain no carbs, no sugar, no calories and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Jazz it up with mix-ins
If bubbles don’t matter, but plain water is just not your thing, consider adding some flavor. For a light touch, slice up some cucumbers or your favorite fruits and drop them in a pitcher of water in your refrigerator or right into your water bottle.
For even more flavor, choose a mix-in. You can find several that have added benefits of supporting hydration or targeting other concerns.
Nutrilite™ Twist Tubes 2GO™ has varieties that support your immune health, antioxidant health or joint health, all in different flavors and XS™ Sports Twist Tubes come in two flavors that include a blend of B vitamins and selenium to help fight free radicals.† And XS™ CocoWater Hydration Drink Mixes have 12% coconut water along with B vitamins and antioxidants.
There’s also the n* by Nutrilite™ Kombuch-Yeah!, which is a kombucha-style drink that includes B vitamins and probiotics to support your gut health.†
If you like the carbonation but can’t find your favorite flavor among sparkling water options, add your preferred mix-in to an unflavored sparkling water, like XS™ Sparkling+ Electrolytes – Pure. That way you get your important water intake while also enjoying the fun of the fizz and your favorite flavors or supplements.
Treat yo’self to a new water bottle
That tired, leaky plastic water bottle that used to be your kid’s but is now sitting on your desk has seen better days. It doesn’t do much to encourage you to drink more water, either.
It’s time to treat yourself to something new, especially if you find yourself buying bottles of plain water from the vending machine or the convenience store. Invest in something that will last and you can help your hydration while also being kind to the environment. They’re great for your favorite mix-ins, too.
Stainless steel is always a solid choice because it’s durable and a breeze to clean. We like the insulated bottles or cups, too, because your drink stays nice and cold. When choosing, consider whether it fits in the cup holders in your vehicle or on your gym equipment. (Here are a few to consider.)
Many of the popular fitness or health apps for your smart phone have spaces to track your daily water intake. You could even go super high-tech and get a smart bottle that connects to an app to automatically track intake. If you’re the competitive type, some even make a game of it!
Every cell of your body is affected when you don’t get enough water. Your organs, body system, and even your bones are made with water. And your body is also constantly losing water, even when all you’re doing is breathing, so it’s important to replenish it regularly.
Adding some bubbles, tasty flavors or classy containers might make that easier. Want to learn more about any of the products mentioned here? Visit Amway.com or Amway.ca. And for other healthy living tips, check out more blogs at Amway Connections.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
*When combined with regular weight/resistance training and a healthy, balanced diet.