Water is an important essential nutrient that is often overlooked. The average amount of fluid recommended for the adult male (non-active) is approximately 12 cups per day, and for the adult female (non-active) is approximately 9 cups per day. This fluid requirement can technically be met with noncaffeinated, nonalcoholic beverages as well as soups and some foods with a high fluid content.

Then there’s the recommendation from the “diet industry” to drink eight (8 oz.) glasses of pure water a day to help with weight loss. There is some controversy over this recommendation and whether it helps with weight loss or not. However, the fact remains that when my clients drink at least eight (8 oz.) glasses of water a day, their weight loss is enhanced.

So, what counts as water? Does coffee, tea, juice and other beverages count towards this recommendation, or is it just “plain old water” when it comes to meeting the “eight glasses per day” rule?

I am a strong believer that people should not drink their calories, so that eliminates juices, soda, fancy coffee drinks and milkshakes. Water should be the “go-to” beverage. Your body is made up of 60-70% water. Every organ needs water to function properly. If you don’t meet your body’s water needs, you will not perform at your best.
Are you having trouble meeting your daily water requirement? It’s understandable if you are bored with “just water”. Flavored waters are available in most local supermarkets but are quite expensive. But the good news is you can create an at-home version for almost no cost!

Here are some additive-free ideas. Add any of the following to your water:
• A twist of lemon or lime
• A small piece of fruit, such as honeydew
• A little unsweetened cranberry concentrate (can be found in health food stores)
• A slice of cucumber (a subtle, yet refreshing taste)
• A few mint leaves (“bruising” them a little to release the flavor)
• A lavender flower or other edible flowers (can add some relaxation to your drink)
• Herbal tea bags

Some other suggestions include adding:
• A little diet cranberry juice (not “light”, but “diet”); can also be mixed with a bit of diet ale
• Crystal Light or other sugar-free drink mixes
• Lemon or lime juice and artificial sweetener for a delightful, refreshing lemonade or limeade

Remember, water is key to feeling and looking great! Whether you drink it “straight up” or “dress” it up in any of the ways I’ve suggested, set a goal for yourself to get your eight glasses a day of pure water.

Author's Bio: 

Bonnie R. Giller helps chronic dieters and people with medical conditions like diabetes take back control so they can get the healthy body and life they want. She does this by creating a tailored solution that combines three essential ingredients: a healthy mindset, nutrition education and caring support. The result is they lose weight and keep it off without dieting and live a healthy life symptom free.

Bonnie is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.), Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (C.D.E.) with specialized training in Intuitive Eating. She offers programs for the chronic dieter to achieve long lasting weight loss, for people with diabetes to attain blood sugar control and prevent diabetes complications, and for those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome to identify their food triggers so they can enjoy a symptom free life. Bonnie also treats a variety of other medical conditions, and offers a nutrition program teaching young children how to make healthy food choices.

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