5 easy ways to add more water to your diet

Drinking a sufficient amount of water every day is key to maintaining a well balanced diet and having a healthy body. There are a number of things you can do to help drink a sufficient amount of water each day:


  1. Drink water that tastes good to you! You may have to try different ways to get the water to taste right. Depending on where you live, water straight from the tap may be fine, or it may be undrinkable. Check with your city department if you're not sure. There are a number of different filtration systems commercially available that will remove some (but not all) impurities from the water that may make it taste better to you.

  1. Get a container that holds 8 standard cups of water (64 ounces) and make sure you drink all of it, every day. Decorate it with fun, encouraging stickers or slogans if you have to, but make sure it's a prominent piece in your fridge.

  2. Eat foods that have a high water content, such as watermelon, celery, grapes, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber and other similar fruits and vegetables. Pretty much anything that tastes juicy and fresh will be a good source of water. For a through explanation of food that are high in water content but low in calories, check out Barbara Roll's book <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0060737301?ie=UTF8&tag=medialunchbox-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0060737301">The Volumetrics Eating Plan</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.ca/e/ir?t=thecompoieas-20&l=as2&o=15&a=0060737301" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

  3. Avoid things that will deplete your body of water, such as carbonated or caffeinated drinks like pop or coffee. While they are liquid, they will not hydrate your body, but instead as just empty calories, and may also leech nutrients.

  4. Consider other liquid sources of water, like soup broth (look for low sodium varietys; home-made vegetable soup is best,) or popsicles made with real fruit, not chemicals.

Always remember, your body need 8 to 10 servings of water per day to function properly, without enough water you can't be healthy!