No, I am not referring to cherry soda or alcoholic beverages. I am referring to good old H2O. Water has so many benefits to our health and well being that we should be consuming roughly 1 gallon per day. Although it may seem like a lot if you typically are not a water drinker, but soon enough you’ll be feeling all the benefits!
Some of the benefits of the clear (often bland) beverage are better skin, helps control calories, energizes your muscles throughout the day, and it helps flush all the bad crap we put into our bodies. An added bonus is that it can save you lots of money! When you are dining out most beverages cost as least $2.25 and that’s for the cheap stuff. I decided years ago that if I could purchase a 2 liter for less than the beverage at the restaurant, then I would just get water. I can’t drink a 2 liter during one meal, why should I spend that much money for a glass of bubbly sugar? At home, if you are lucky, you can get water for free! I say that because I have well water and refuse to consume it on a regular basis. However, reusing gallon containers, I can get clean spring water for just $0.25!
Ok, I get that water can be boring to consume constantly. However, there are some great ways to enhance your H2O that won’t add unwanted sugar or calories. Infuser water bottles are great to add any type or fruit, veggie, or even herb to flavor the water. You can find bottles like these on amazon, at bed bath and beyond, and probably even Target!
If you are like me and can drink plain old boring water without added flavor, then a water bottle with the ounce markings is the way to go. I love my Contigo water bottle because it holds 24oz and I know that I need to get through 3 of those bottles per day at work. http://www.amazon.com/Contigo-Autospout-Addison-24-Ounce-Watermelon/dp/B00C5G3PCC/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1422207693&sr=8-14&keywords=water+bottles
It is important that you chose a water bottle that works for you. Some people prefer straws, others glass, but make sure it is something that you can carry with you EVERY WHERE! Also, you want to make sure that the water bottle is BPA free. You don’t want the plastic breaking down and getting into your water.
Finally, if you are an avid pop/soda, coffee/tea, or alcohol drinker, then just scale back to start. Don’t try to drink a gallon of water in one day. Start with an 8oz glass of water right after you wake up. Then exchange one beverage for the water and do that for a few days. Then trade an additional beverage for another glass of water. This allows your body to slowly detox from whatever sugary or flavorful beverage you were consuming. Work up to the gallon a day by the end of week 2 and you’ll be smooth sailing from here on out!
PS. I am not being paid to advertise those specific water bottles, they are just what I like to use. Find what works for you!