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Water is the best thirst quencher! Always drink water instead of other beverages between meals. Tap water is just as healthful as bottled, and it costs less! You can carry water to go in a sports bottle - to school, for outside play and for sports activities. Milk and juice are recommended beverages at meals. Drinking sugary soda pop, fruit and sports drinks should be limited
The benefits of drinking water include:
- Quenches your thirst
- Keeps you from feeling thirsty
- Helps keep your skin healthy
- Helps keep your body cool
- Water is essential for the cells of your body to function
Ideas for water and other treats:
- Place a lemon or orange wedge in your glass of water for flavoring.
- Make juice flavored ice cubes. To prepare ice cubes, use regular ice trays or ones with star, heart, bell or other novelty shapes. Fill trays about halfway full with grape juice (about 2 Tablespoons juice for each cube). Freeze for about 2 hours, or until solid. Place juice cubes in a glass and add water.
- Make frozen grapes. Select a seedless grape bunch and remove the stem. Wash and dry the grapes, place in bowl and put into the freezer until solid.
- Water you can chew. Tomatoes, watermelon or honey dew melon, green peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, oranges, grapefruit, seedless grapes, sugar-free jello are all made primarily of water. So, cut them up and chew away!
Aside from adding flavor, when you add lemon to your water you will:
- Keep your urinary tract healthy. Lemons are a diuretic and drinking lemon water will increase urination, purifying your body and releasing toxins.
- Relieve stress. Vitamin C is depleted when you subject yourself to stress. Lemons have concentrated levels of vitamin C.
- Relieve respiratory problems. Drink warm lemon water to alleviate the cough associated with upper respiratory infections.
- Boost your immune system. Along with high levels of vitamin C, which will help you fight colds and infections, lemons are high in potassium, which stimulates the brain, nerve function, and helps control blood pressure.
- Clear your skin. Apply lemons directly to scars to reduce their appearance. The release of toxins from lemon water consumption is associated with a decrease in blemishes and wrinkles.
- Relieve heartburn and constipation. Lemon juice helps the liver produce bile, an acid needed for digestion. Regular digestion helps alleviate heartburn.
- Enhance weight loss. Lemons are one of the most alkaline foods available. The alkaline will reduce the acidity in your body and help you lose weight. The pectin fiber in lemons will also help you fight hunger cravings.