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M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Water You Waiting For? Get Hydrated!


M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Water You Waiting For? Get Hydrated!

Summer, the season of heat, calls for extra attention to drink fluids!

Have you been living soda free so? Last week, we encouraged you to have a soda free summer, and if you accepted the challenge, kudos to you! But if you couldn’t resist popping some pop, don’t worry because now, summertime has officially begun so it’s not too late. Summer, the season of heat, calls for extra attention to drink fluids, and soda and artificial juice ain’t gonna do any good for your body. The best bet is water, and I’ll bet that you already knew that.

Water is something that is so intuitive to drink yet many deprive themselves from it. The different flavors of beverages make water seem like a boring choice, but actually, it’s essential for your body. A typical adult is generally two-thirds water, and if we don’t replenish ourselves with more water, a slew of health problems could arise. From headaches, to kidney stones, to weight gain, and even depression, water can help prevent those ailments and keep you healthy.

Check out a few ways water helps our bodies:

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Prevents weight gain
  • Aids in digestion
  • Lubricates joints
  • Delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Detoxifies the kidneys
  • Assists the lungs in breathing
  • Cools down the body
  • and of course, quenches thirst!

By substituting unhealthy drinks with water, you’re doing something ultimately beneficial for yourself. But if the only time you drink is with a meal, then you might not be getting the right amount of liquid you need. To prevent dehydration and other problems, try to drink at least 8 full glasses of water a day. For those on the more active tip, your body will need more water so try to get at least 12-14 full glasses daily. Refills please!

M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Water You Waiting For? Get Hydrated!
Carrying a disposable water bottle will help to ensure that you’re getting enough water, but is it the best choice?

I’ve seen people carry around gallon jugs full of water. That method is a great way to check that you’re getting enough water, but lugging around all that weight could get heavy and burdensome. Others buy disposable plastic water bottles and either refill throughout the day or just buy another bottle. Carrying a disposable water bottle will help to ensure that you’re getting enough water, but environmentally, it’s not the best choice. Although more and more companies are recycling water bottles to make clothing, reducing the amount of plastic you consume will help the environment and could even benefit your health. Many water bottles contain BPA, or Bisphenol A, a chemical that has been linked to developmental problems and even cancer.

M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Water You Waiting For? Get Hydrated!

Reusable water containers: Environmentally-friendly, fashionable and fun!

So what’s the best way to make sure you’re getting all the water you need? Carry around a reusable water bottle that’s BPA-free. Companies are tuning into consumer demands and label their containers as such. Or, if plastic ain’t your thing, go for a stainless steel bottle. One great thing about reusable containers, aside from being environmentally-friendly, is that you won’t be stuck at a picnic unknowing of which plastic water bottle is yours, causing you to crack open a brand new one. But perhaps the ultimate benefit of having your own water canteen is that it can be your latest fashion accessory! Containers come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes, and for the DIY-types, you can always decorate your own. How fabulous would it be to carry around a bottle that matched your fit and enhanced your style?

Drop that soda, recycle that can, and invest in a reusable water bottle for this summer. Water you waiting for?

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