By Delta Dental on Thursday, August 5, 2021


Try these tips to stay hydrated

What is the #1 thirst quencher? Water! The power of water is unmatched by any other drink. With zero calories and zero sugar, water is the best thing we can put into our bodies. Our bodies are 73% water meaning water is vital in keeping us alive.

Do you struggle to consume the recommended 13 cups a day for males or 9 cups a day for females? Try out these tips to increase your intake:

Set reminders: Set reminder notifications on your phone to drink water. You can also add reminders to your planner to make sure you fit gulps in your busy schedule.

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Water bottles: Always keep a water bottle on hand, so when you reach for something else to drink, you can reach for water instead! Find a water bottle that encourages you to drink more water throughout the day. Some water bottles have motivational time reminders to remind you when to drink water, making sure you reach your recommended water intake for the day.

Invest in reusable straws: Not only are you reducing waste from plastic/paper straws, but you will also drink more water if you have a straw. Straws encourage big sips because they get a lot more water in you than you realize.

Make it fun: Water doesn’t have to be boring! There are many different combinations of fruit and vegetables that you can put in your water to infuse flavors and make water more fun to drink. The next time you feel like reaching for a sugary drink, try these recipes instead.

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Not only is water great for your body and overall health, but it’s also great for your oral health. If you drink water from the tap, it most likely has fluoride in it, which strengthens your teeth and fights cavities. Water also helps to rinse away food residue and bacteria. Although it’s beneficial, water does not replace brushing and flossing your teeth, so be sure to floss and brush two times a day.

Blog content provided by Delta Dental of Iowa, a proud supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative and Get Your Bib On.