By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist
The month of May is typically known for Mother’s Day, but what is often overlooked is that the month of May is also National Drink Water Month, with National Drinking Water Week being celebrated from May 5th – May 11th. Especially with the hot summer months approaching, keeping our bodies hydrated is important, and what better drink to hydrate ourselves with than water? – It’s refreshing, readily available, and zero calories! It is a healthy alternative as opposed to sugary beverages that add extra calories with little nutritional value. So when you’re thinking of what to drink (and what to offer your loved ones) on a hot day, quench your thirst and stay cool with a refreshing glass of water!
The Clear Way to Quench Your Thirst
Water is the perfect drink to quench your thirst, especially during the warmer months of the year. Not only does it keep your body hydrated, but it has other benefits that are essential to your health. Drinking enough water helps your body internally by helping your kidney and bowel function. This is important in getting rid of toxins in your body and preventing constipation. Water also helps keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and helps control the extra calories!
If you think you are not drinking enough water, follow these tips to increase your intake and reap the benefits of water:
- Enjoy a refreshing glass of water with every snack and meal.
- Get decorative re-usable bottles to bring with you for easy access. Add ice to keep cold.
- Make spa water. Add herbs, fruit or vegetables (like mint, strawberries, or cucumbers, for example) to water. Chill before serving.
- Refrigerate water in pitchers or re-usable containers. Let your kids pick containers with fun characters on them.
- Make fruity ice cubes. Add a piece of your favorite fruit to water in ice cube trays.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from these foods with high water content.
Try this Spa Water Recipe!
Cucumber Melon Water
- 1 large cucumber, sliced
- 1/4 honeydew melon, cubed
- 1/4 cantaloupe, cubed
- 1 half gallon of water
Place cucumber, melon, and cantaloupe in a pitcher and add water. Allow flavors to blend at least two hours and then serve in glasses over ice.