I know it's really important to drink lots of water for all kinds of reasons. I have acne and my dermatologist tells me I need to drink lots of water. My mom is always telling me how her massage therapist tells her to drink lots of water because itâs good for the muscles. I know there are SOOO many reasons to drink lots of water but the problem is that I hate drinking water. I can't stand the taste and if I try and force myself to drink a lot of water it lasts for about a day or so and then I just can't do it anymore. The only way I can drink lots of water is to use water to make hot tea (I drink caffeine-free and I don't use sugar or milk or anything) or to put a splash of juice (usually apple juice) in my water. When I say a splash it is literally like a splash. It doesn't even come near to a quarter of the cup. So my question is can I get the same benefits of water when I make tea or add a splash of juice or once I add something to it the benefits of water for my body are gone? Any information or help you can give me would be appreciated. I want to be healthy but I hate water!
As you already suggested, there are a ton of benefits from drinking water. For starters, our body is composed of approximately 60% of water, give or take a few percentage points. With that being said, it is important to stay well hydrated (about 64 ounces, or 8 cups, of water a day) so that you don’t lose too much water from everyday activities; even simple things like breathing and regulating your body temperature. Dehydration can affect the body in many ways and may make you more tired, have headaches, have decreased concentration, and can even change your mood. Water also helps your kidneys function properly to remove toxic materials from your body, some of which could potentially worsen acne. Finally, drinking water helps your muscles recover from exercise and everyday use. Keep in mind these are just a few highlights of how important and beneficial water is for your body.
TeenHealthFX understands how boring and flavorless plain water can be, so here are a few suggestions. One way to add some flavor to your water while keeping the benefits (and even adding some more benefits!) is to add some fruit to your water. A slice of lemon or a slice of lime can go a long way in adding flavor to your water, not to mention the added benefits from the fruit themselves! Lemons contain vitamin C which can help boost your immune system, and they have also been shown to help keep your skin blemish free. Limes have been shown to help improve digestion. You can also try adding some cucumber and a maybe a mint leaf. Be creative!
You can also get water into your body other than just by drinking it. Fruits such as watermelons and strawberries contain a lot of water, so by eating them you will get the benefits of not only the vitamins in them, but also the water! Drinking tea, especially green tea, with no added sugar or milk, can also help hydrate your body. Just be careful to stay away from caffeinated tea as caffeine can actually cause you to lose water.
If you have any further questions about the benefits of water, do not hesitate to ask your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.
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Statistics show that giving a teen a credit card does not teach them to be financially responsible or to encourage self-restraint, but actually promotes a “spend now and deal with the consequences later” mindset.
Girls are more likely to intentionally abuse prescription drugs than boys.
The reality of excessive interest rates and fees that often accompany credit card use for teens, can put youngsters in a position where they are losing out on admission to graduate school, getting a job, or renting an apartment because of damaged credit history.
Less than 33% of teens with depression get help, yet 80% of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist.
Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6-33, and about 45% of these fatalities are alcohol-related crashes.
About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.
30% of teens with depression also have a substance abuse problem.
Freshmen bring an average of $1,585.00 in credit card debt to college.
About a third of women who seek services related to unprotected sex, such as pregnancy testing or emergency contraception, do not receive STD counseling, testing, or treatment.
7-10% of college students will drop out of school because of credit problems.
Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Most smokers begin smoking as teens, and the average age of initiation is 12.5 years of age.
People with manic symptoms and Bipolar Disorder II are at a significant risk of later developing an alcohol abuse or dependence problem.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group.
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is the highest of any industrialized democracy, nearly twice that of Great Britain and 10 times that of Japan. 4
Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, and male high school students are more likely than female students to rarely or never wear seat belts.
A national study of women ages 15-44 found that women were almost twice as likely to receive contraceptive services rather than STD services.
The teenage pregnancy rate in the U.S. is at its lowest level in thirty years, down 36% since its peak in 1990. Research suggests that both increased abstinence and positive changes in contraceptive practice are responsible these recent declines in teen pregnancy.
A sexually active teenager who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within one year. 8
In the United States, at least 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders. 11
Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 38% were speeding at the time of the crash and 24% had been drinking.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds overall. 16
Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. 22
One in four teenage girls in the U.S. had at least one common sexually transmitted disease.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths ages 15 to 20. 19
The highest Chlamydia rates occurred among women ages 15 to 19 and 20 to 24.
About 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Three out of every twenty victims (15%) are under age 12. 25
Each year, half of all HIV infections are among people under the age of 25.
Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.
One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. A total of 17.7 million women have been victims of these crimes. 23
Teen girls ages 15-19 have the highest Gonorrhea rate of any age group.
The motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16-19 is more than one and half times that of their female counterparts.
More than four in 10 young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 - nearly one million teen pregnancies a year 3
The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers; the risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in this country. More than 400,000 Americans die from tobacco-related causes each year, and most of them began using tobacco before the age of 18.
The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group.
Underage drinking costs the U.S. more than $58 billion every year; enough to buy every public school student a state-of-the-art computer.
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers.
Teens who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crimes and sexual assault, have serious problems in school, be involved in drinking-related traffic crashes, and develop problems with alcohol later in life.
Nearly all the poison deaths in the U.S. are attributed to drugs, and most drug poisonings result from the abuse of prescription and illegal drugs.
Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.
Persons aged 15-24, who represent only 14% of the U.S. population, account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) among females.
Among young people ages 12-17, prescription drugs have become the second most abused illegal drug, behind marijuana.