It’s All About Water

By Tiffaney Howard

If you’ve ever met me then you’ve met my pink water bottle. I carry it with me everywhere I go. And if you’ve ever asked me about my pink water bottle, then you’ve probably also heard my soapbox speech on the importance of water.

With summer temperatures climbing, regular and daily consumption of water is a great habit to start. Here’s why:

 

  1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
  2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
  3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer.

5 Tips to Help You Drink More

If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:

  1. Have a beverage with every snack and meal as well as first thing in the morning.
  2. Choose beverages you enjoy; you’re likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
  4. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag. If you mark on the bottle increments throughout the day that will help you reach your water intake goals, it will help you keep track and accountable!
  5. Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you’re watching calories, go for non-caloric beverages or water.

And if you’re feeling like you might be sick of water already. Here are two great recipes that feature some seasonal offerings.

 

Strawberry – Cucumber Water

Place 8 ounces stemmed and thinly sliced strawberries and 1/2 thinly sliced English cucumber in a pitcher. For still infused water, add 2 quarts of water. For sparkling water, add 1 quart of seltzer during prep and a second quart just before serving. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the solids. For serving, add fresh strawberries and cucumber slices for garnish and plenty of ice. The infused water will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.

 

Orange – Fennel Water

Place 1 thinly sliced orange and the coarsely chopped stalks and fronds from 1 bulb fennel in a pitcher. For still infused water, add 2 quarts of water. For sparkling water, add 1 quart of seltzer during prep and a second quart just before serving. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the solids. For serving, add fresh fennel, fronds and orange slices for garnish and plenty of ice. The infused water will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.

 


 

Tiffaney Howard is the Director of Clinical Education. She oversees clinical education for all communities and HCBS and works alongside the Center for Clinical Excellence Directors. The team of regional clinical educators are always hard at work to deliver education on all fronts. They assist with setting up new employees for success, and inform and educate on all things clinical. They are a great resource for Vision! You will meet us throughout the year at your scheduled Safety and Skills day at your community.