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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