Adding more water to your diet can be a bit intimidating if you’re not used to consuming more than a glass a day. Although it should be the one beverage that we consume the most of daily — especially if you’re extremely active — sugary drinks such as juice, soda, and even smoothies tend to take priority in our lives. But like almost everything that we need in our lives, drinking more water isn’t as simple — or pleasing — as we’re made to believe.
“Water is not only one of the primary constituents of the planet, but also an integral part of our human bodies,” wellness expert Dr. Kevin Kinney told INSIDER. “Up to 85% of our body is made up of water, and of that, muscles are about 80% water and the brain is about 75% water. Needless to say, proper hydration is vitally important to the basic functions of life and imperative for optimal performance.
But before you jump on the “drink gallon of water a day” bandwagon, here are nine things — as told by the experts — to keep in mind about increasing your water intake.
Try to avoid making your water “taste better.”
If you’re not used to consuming large amounts of water, adding products to give it a more appealing flavor may seem like a way to help. According to Dr. Kinney, however, this shouldn’t be your go-to fix.
“Make sure you are drinking more water not more artificial sweeteners and flavors,” he said. “Many times people attempt to make water ‘taste better’ by adding products that contain harmful substances. Because your body is made up of 70% water, it is important that you replenish this supply with clean and pure sources.”
You can flush out certain vitamins and minerals with increased hydration.
Consuming more water is definitely needed, but even with giving your body what it needs, you can be taking that away, too.
“As you intake more water you can begin to flush water soluble vitamins and minerals,” Dr. Kinney told INSIDER. “Water soluble vitamins, such as the B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6 & B12) & vitamin C, are not stored long term and may be excreted with excess water intake if you’re not taking in proper supplementation, too. Other key micronutrients that can be affected by a sudden increase in hydration include folic acid or — most detrimental — sodium, which can lead to hyponatremia (low blood sodium, which is rare due to the standard American diet).”
If you’re looking for added flavor, fresh fruit and vegetables are your best bet.
If you absolute feel like you need a little flavor in order for you to get the proper amount of water that’s needed, substitute those artificial flavors for something healthier.
“It is OK to add fresh fruit or vegetables to your water if you want to give it some flavor,” said Dr. Kinney. “The most common added are cucumbers, citrus fruits and melons. Infusing fruit into your water can increase your metabolism, flush toxins …read more
Source:: Business Insider