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Why Drink Water?
Water is essential for good health. Among many other things, water helps your body:
- Keep your temperature normal
- Lubricate and cushion joints
- Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
- Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
Most people get enough fluids every day through the beverages they drink, like coffee, tea or soda.
The benefit of drinking plain water is what you won’t consume – extra calories, sugar and caffeine.
For example, let’s say you drink one regular 20 oz. bottle of cola a day, five days a week. This month, though, you decide to swap your soda for water. After one month, you will have eliminated 7200 empty calories from your diet. To put that in perspective, that’s two pounds of weight – or if you wanted to exercise to burn it off, walking about 87 miles.
Know How much Water You Need, and When
Your body needs more water when you are:
- In hot climates
- More physically active
- Running a fever
- Having diarrhea or vomiting
Remember the foods you eat can increase your water intake too. Soups, fruits and some vegetables are great ways to introduce more water into your diet. So drink up - your body (and your budget) will thank you.
The Health Resources Center team members have jumped in to promote the #LiveSugarFreed campaign.
There is a "Guess How Much Sugar" game at the blood pressure station in Kingsport. A variety of empty sugary drink containers are displayed with table sugar added to represent the amount of added sugar in the drink. Customers are often surprised to find out that their large sweet tea has the equivalent of 17 teaspoons of sugar, for example.
The Health Resources Center will be presenting Re-Think Your Drink at several outreach events next few months. Learn more about Live SugarFreed
Make Your Own Flavored Water
Fruity, Cranberry Spice Water
- 1 pear and 1 orange sliced thin
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries or 8 fresh halved
- 1 tbsp allspice berries
- 4 cups water
Place all igredients into a gallon container. Stir gently. Fill container with ice. Allow to sit for 2 hours to allow fruit and spices to infuse. Prior to serving stir gently and add enough water to fill container. More fruit may be added for extra sweetness.
Peach Cobbler Water
- 1 bag frozen peaches
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cups water
Place all ingredients into a gallon container. Stir gently. Fill with ice. Allow to sit for 3 hours to allow fruit and spices to infuse. Prior to serving, stir gently and add enough water to fill container. Try substituting peaches with tart apples for added variety.