Fitness Friday: Benefits of Boosting Your Water

I know, water can be boring to drink. After all, it doesn’t taste like anything. But we all know how important it is to hydrate your body with water every day and no, putting spoonfuls for sugary Kool-Aid does not count.

According to MindBodyGreen, here are a few reasons why you should drink more water:
1. Increases energy and relieves fatigue.
2. Promotes weight loss.
3. Improves skin complexion (hello, glowy skin!).
4. Natural headache remedy, which is usually caused by dehydration.
5. It’s free (or very affordable), so you save money!

Now, here’s the fun part. There are several ways to boost your water’s flavor, as well as health benefits. After this, you’ll want to keep that big water jug in hand at all times!

 

Lemon Slices
You’re pretty much making lemonade, minus the sugar. Who doesn’t love lemonade? Put one or two thin slices of lemon for every 12 ounces of water. Lemons have vitamin C, calcium, fiber, potassium and pectin fiber. In addition to a tart and refreshing flavor, your body will be getting a boost of nutrients.

Courtesy of foodmatters.tv

Courtesy of foodmatters.tv

Berries
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries… there are so many berries! They are full of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation. Like lemons, they also contain vitamin C and fiber. Add a few frozen berries to your water and watch it turn a pretty deep plum color. It would make a perfect decorative beverage at your next backyard barbecue.

Courtesy of prevention.com.

Courtesy of prevention.com.

Mint Or Other Herbs
If you’re an avid herbal tea drinker, this one is for you! Other than a breath freshener, mint aids in digestion and your bathroom experience may be smoother as a result (no more awkward grunting noises for you!). If you’re struggling to stay awake, add mint to your water. It’s a natural stimulant that will boost your energy and beat that sluggish mid-afternoon feeling.

Courtesy of prevention.com.

Courtesy of prevention.com.

Even better, mix all of the above for a great-tasting, nutrient-rich water! Don’t like berries?Be creative and experiment with other fruits, such as oranges or pineapples, until you find a flavor that tickles your tastebuds. Stay hydrated!

 

Feature image courtesy of prevention.com

 

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