Cooking with Carol- Hydration Tips

Hydration Tips

Contributed by Carol McCoy

I have some good ideas to help you stay & keep hydrated. You should be drinking water all day long. You need at least ten 8oz glasses per day. It’s not necessary for you to drink bottled water that you have to purchase, our tap water if fine, especially if you keep it cold in the fridge. Or you can always boil it for 10 mins if you feel it’s necessary, then chill it. Water helps you boost your immunities. It also helps keep your metabolism up. Water will not bloat you, it’s when you don’t drink enough water that your body is depending on whatever moisture it can get that will start to bloat you and retain water. So drink up until when you pee it’s clear. The color is a good indication of your level of hydration. The clearer your pee is the better.

If you don’t like water, try a water based beverage with flavor, iced tea, water w/lemon, cucumber, or maybe even a tiny bit of extract of your choice. You can also cut your water with a healthy unsweetened juice. Such as 100 percent pomegranate juice, grape juice, prune or cranberry juice. Avoid store-bought juice drinks also called “cocktails” or “punch” as they contain as little as 5 percent juice and a lot of added sugar. Always check the label to see what you’re getting. Your juice of choice should be 100 percent fruit juice, made without any added sugar.

The more water you drink, the less soda, sugary juices, and alcohol you’ll desire.

Drinking water is a very big part of being healthy. After 2 weeks of your new water drinking habit you will notice that you’re getting thinner and healthier. You may go a very long time without catching a cold. So keep this hint in mind the next time you want a soda.