WATER: To Drink Or Not To Drink (8 glasses a day)
I've seen both sides of the water debate. Some suggest you MUST get in 64 oz of water a day. There's even a neat little customized formula. Take your weight, divide by 2 and you have an invidividualized water prescription. If I weigh 120 pounds, I divide that by 2 and get 60, so my personal optimal intake is 60 ounces of water a day.
The other side of the water debate claims drinking all that water a day is nonsense and completely uneccesary. You will be at your optimal water intake if you consume your calories from water rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. If you're eating an adequate amount from this food group, you will be hydrated.
Regardless, most agree that water is a better option than sugar fruit juice or a coke. But I often hear this:
"I know I should reach for water instead but I just don't like the taste. It's not satisfying". Take a look: 69 responses to this question in the community: "I don't like the taste of water!"
I agree. The only time I've found that plain water tastes great is after a workout. I've spent years experimenting and finding ways to make water taste great and satisfying.
The reason for my blog post is I stumbled on the lastest way by pure accident and I wanted to share! I've listed the others below but I must start with my new favorite:
I've added fresh ginger to my hot green tea for years. Over the last few months, I watched my husband squeeze it into cold water and didn't find it appealing until a couple of weeks ago when I sprained ankle and I wanted to find ways to help with the inflammation. I was plopped on the couch doing mental gymnastics trying to figure out ways to speed up my recovery while watching him and his ginger ritual. I thought, I have to try that! It was AMAZING!!
This has become a daily ritual. I squeeze about a finger of ginger into my thermos of water and I add a bit of lemon as well. I use this Lime Squeezer which I bought because I squeeze lime into almost everything I eat and it works perfectly for lemon, oranges and now "ginger". Even if it sounds weird you MUST try it!
Other great ways to make water taste great:
1. Spa water: Place sliced cucumber in a pitcher of water with ice. Add a bit of lemon or lime.
2. Citrus Splash: Use that lime squeezer and drop in any of the following:
3. Mix it up and get exotic!
- Mandarin orange
- Citron (from India)
- Blood orange
- One of my favorites. Also a symbol of the Chinese New year. This fruit is a cross between a grapefruit and orange and it is sublime!
- Fresh pineapple
For hot water, mango can work well. Many times we keep frozen mango in the freezer for an alternative to hot tea.
Have other suggestions? Share them here because it's a big frustration for so many people who write me. Share the wealth.