Drinking enough water every day is good for overall health. As plain drinking water has zero calories, it can also help with managing body weight and reducing caloric intake when substituted for drinks with calories, like regular soda.1-3 Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, mood change, the body to overheat, constipation, and kidney stones4,5**
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke.*
Water is best.
There are so many beverage options – coffee, tea, soda, flavored waters, and more! Many of these beverages, especially the ones that are high in sugar, do nothing for hydration. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful for people doing high intensity, vigorous exercise in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories.*
Rethink Your Drink.
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Tips to Drink More Water
Carry a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.
Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long!
Choose water over sugary drinks.
Opt for water when eating out. You’ll save money and reduce calories!
Add a wedge of lime, lemon, or other fruit to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
Make sure your kids are getting enough water too!**