Grab a glass, put that bottle down.

It's been such a stressful day at work. Your boss keeps sending reports to your office so you can handle them.
You didn't even get the chance to go for the lunch break and the only thing you've had all day is the not-so-appetizing meat-pie you also did not get the chance to microwave. Not like you were going to anyway, you were literally starving when you remembered you had dropped it in your bag earlier in the day when you packed lunch for the kids. Maybe you should just grab a bottle of chilled soft drink to cool out.


Okay maybe this isn't you. 

Maybe you're the one who gets stuck in Lagos traffic through the week and need a snack to ward off hunger pangs. Of course not forgetting to accompany it with a bottle of your favourite soft drink to "rehydrate".


Whether or not you belong to either party, keep reading because what you're about to read will definitely have an effect on your life.
I won't tell you "soft drinks" are bad for you because I'm sure you already knew that. Ironically, this post isn't even about "soft drinks" so if you were thinking I would sit my butt here talking about soft drinks all day, I'm sorry to disappoint you.
This post is going to be about the underrated, underappreciated, misunderstood, unsung hero...........................................................................................................................................WATER!!!
I know you've probably heard that water is good for you but do you even know why or have you always followed it like a fashion statement where everyone jumps on the bandwagon without asking the question, "why"?
By the time you are done reading this post, you'll see reasons why you should grab a glass and put that bottle down.
In simple terms, water is the colourless, odorless, tasteless liquid we use to quench our thirst. It is pure, contains no additives and this gift of nature should be our major source of liquids because interestingly, the human body is composed of about 60% water.
Basically every organ and process in the human body requires water.
Movement✔
Growth✔
Excretion✔
Reproduction✔
So if your major source is liquids is from fizzy drinks, then you are doing your body a great disservice.
In case you are one of the multitudes who find the "taste" of water bland or boring, keep reading to discover cool ways to make drinking water enjoyable.

GRAB A GLASS

If you are still wondering why you should drink water, here are a couple of reasons you might find interesting.
•Water helps keep your organs in optimal condition. Cells, tissues, kidneys, heart all need water to function.

•It keeps you well hydrated as opposed to soft drinks which barely create an illusion of quenching thirst.

•Water aids digestion. It breaks up food and enables easy digestion.

•It helps with weight loss. (More on this in future)

•Water balances your body temperature. This way, it is never too hot or too cold but just right. The human body is like the perfect blend of yin yang, all thanks to water.

•Aids excretion. This one's pretty explanatory so let's avoid TMI.


HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I DRINK?
This is a tricky question. Some recommend 8 glasses a day but what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander.
How much water you should drink will differ from mine except we coincidentally happen to weight the same.
Drinking adequate water is dependent on individual weights and if you're drinking a certain amount of water because someone else is doing it, then you're most likely not doing it right.
A somewhat accurate way to calculate how much water you need is;
Your body weight in kg ÷ 0.024
So for someone who weighs 55kg, ideal water intake would be
55 ÷ 0.024 = 2292ml.

COOL WAYS TO ENJOY DRINKING WATER

I often hear people complaining about how appalling water is to their taste buds hence why they opt for fuzzy drinks instead. Here are some cool ways to enjoy drinking water and improve your overall health in the process.

Water & Lime:

Method 1
Cut a lime into two halves, squeeze out the juice in both halves into a jug and fill with clean water. This is also a simple way to detox your body, not forgetting that limes are a Vitamin C powerhouse.

Method 2
Cut up a lime into tiny rings. Place rings in a jug and fill the jug with clean water. Refrigerate to make this even more refreshing.
P.S: Lemons can be used in place of limes.

Fruity water:

Just about any fruit can be used for this. Watermelon, apples, pineapples, pears (not avocado). Pretty much any fruit would work. Cut up the fruit into tiny pieces and drop them in the water. Refrigerate overnight to really get those flavours in the water. You can also munch on the fruits as you sip.
P.S: Avoid fruits like papaya and bananas as they are soggy and would create such a huge mess.

Honey:

Mixing half a teaspoon of honey in every 500ml of water may help but remember honey contains quite a lot of calories and all of these add up eventually so if you decide to go this route, be extra careful and make sure you are not consuming way more than your daily calorie limit.

Cucumber:
Adding cucumber slices in water also makes it a lot more bearable and flavourful so this is also another way to up your daily water intake while reaping the full benefits water has to offer.


All these methods are easy, cheap and refreshing so I see no reason why you shouldn't grab a glass and put that bottle down this minute.



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