Water is the most important nutrient in our diets. It actively
participates in chemical reactions, lubricates and cushions joints, eyes and the spinal
cord, aids in body-temperature maintenance, and serves as the solvent for many small
molecules. You need at least 48 ounces of fluid to maintain optimum health, more if you
exercise. Here are ten tricks for fitting it all in:
Take a water bottle to work.
Take a water bottle for each person whenever you go anywhere in the
Drink a glass of water before each meal.
Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator.
Use a larger glass at meals. If you normally use an eight-ounce
glass, try a 10-ounce.
Take a full water bottle on all bike rides.
Buy a waist pack that holds a water bottle, and take it with you on
Use sports drinks before, during and after any summertime activity.
Have at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Make a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Blend fresh fruit, seltzer water
and vanilla yogurt for an easy pick-me-up that's also a good source of fluid.