Water makes up about 60% of our body weight, and our body depends on it to perform. In fact, just mild dehydration can zap energy, leaving you tired and sluggish—even triggering a headache.
Our bodies use and lose water daily, it is important to replace it throughout the day.
Experts recommend 9 cups of fluid daily for women, 13 cups for men. A variety of fluids count towards this intake, such as unsweetened tea and low/fat free milk. Water-rich foods like juicy watermelon or crisp lettuce count, too. You should make plain water your beverage of choice!
400 Calories Per Day in Beverages?
Astonishingly, U.S. adults and children consume an average of about 400 calories per day in beverages, according to the USDA. Soda, energy/sports drinks, and alcoholic beverages top the list.
Consider this: Trade those 400 liquid calories for water, which could mean more than a 40-pound weight loss at the end of one year!
Make water a habit throughout the day. Empty a tall glass first thing in the morning before reaching for your morning Cup of Joe! After a full night’s sleep, your body needs hydrating.
Then, tote a refillable water bottle during the day. You will be amazed how often you sip and refill. Drink a glass or two before meals to take the edge off of your appetite.
Need a Flavor Blast? Try Infused Water.
Float cucumber and lime slices in a tall pitcher of water or toss in fresh basil and pineapple cubes. Make fruity “sangria” water with slices of orange and lemon, plus a handful of cherries and diced peaches. Store in the refrigerator for a spa-like treat!
What About Sports Drinks?
Packed with sugar and salt, most 32-oz. bottles contain more than 200 calories. Instead of drinking them like water, save for rehydrating after high intensity, 60+ minutes of exercise, or heavy sweating. That is when your body will benefit most from the carbohydrate and electrolyte boost.