Excellent Add-Ons to your Daily Water Intake

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Most people don’t need to consciously think about their water intake, as the thirst mechanism in the brain is very effective. However, certain circumstances do call for increased attention to water intake.

Mild dehydration caused by exercise or heat can have negative effects on both your physical and mental performance.

Drinking water can cause mild, temporary increases in metabolism, and drinking a glass of water about a half hour before each meal can make you automatically eat fewer calories. Avoid drinking cold water and rather opt for room temperature.  A cup of hot water with each meal will further enhance digestion and boost your metabolism.

The following are excellent add-ons to your daily water intake:

1.  Celery juice

Celery contains high levels of vitamin K and good amounts of vitamin A, vitamins B-2 and B-6, and vitamin C. Celery is also a good source of the following nutrients:

·  folate

·  potassium

·  manganese

·  pantothenic acid

·  dietary fiber

The celery plant and its seeds both contain chemicals that nutritionists call phytonutrients. These chemicals have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Every morning, drink roughly one cup of celery juice on an empty stomach. Make sure it’s fresh, plain celery juice with no other ingredients. Wait at least fifteen minutes after drinking your celery juice before consuming anything else.

2.  Green tea

Green tea is packed with antioxidants known as catechins that are believed to fight stubborn belly fat. A lot of studies have shown that drinking green tea regularly helps in shrinking your belly. Catechins increase the release of fat from fat cells in the belly and also speed up the liver’s fat burning ability.  Aim to drink at least 2 cups of green tea daily.

2.  Cucumber + lemon + mint + ginger

Lemon: Lemon water makes for a powerful detox drink; lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body. Add one thinly sliced lemon to a large pitcher, or squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass.

Mint: Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar to your water, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion as well.

Cucumber: Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent rehydration, contains anti-inflammatory properties and promote healthy skin.

Ginger: The spicy root helps cleanse out your system, aids in digestion, and settles your stomach.

3. Simply add flavor

Strawberries, grapefruit or any fruit of your choice ads flavor to your water. Just add a few slices.

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