Make water your beverage of choice

Water is considered the best beverage of choice because it is easy to acquire, relatively inexpensive and it is free of calories. It is a natural thirst quencher and good for our bodies.

Water helps to regulate a normal body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, it protects the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, and it helps our bodies get rid of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movements. Here are some tips to help make water your go-to beverage.

Acquire a taste for water. The more often you choose water over other beverages, the better it will taste. Think of sweet beverages as “candy drinks” and enjoy them occasionally.

Not all water tastes the same, either, so try water from different sources and at different temperatures. Water that has been infused with fruits or vegetables and herbs is refreshing.

Order water with your meal and drink before you eat. Your mind doesn’t always know whether you are hungry or just need a drink of water. Drinking a moderate amount of water before a meal or snack may suppress your appetite.

Know the signs of dehydration. Your body loses water every day. When the amount of water lost is greater than the amount of water you take in through drinking and eating, your body becomes out of balance — a condition called dehydration. Thirst is not the most reliable gauge of your body’s need for water. The color of your urine is better indicator. Clear or light-colored urine is a sign you are well hydrated.

Nancy Nelson32 Posts

Nancy Nelson is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of family and child development.

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