Water is a common chemical substance that is essential for the survival of all known forms of life. In typical usage, water refers only to its liquid form or state, but the substance also has a solid state, ice, and a gaseous state, water vapor. About 1.460 petatonnes (Pt) of water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (formed of solid and liquid water particles suspended in air), and precipitation. Saltwater oceans hold 97% of surface water, glaciers and polar ice caps 2.4%, and other land surface water such as rivers, lakes and ponds 0.6%. In some cases water of the earth is contained within water towers, manufactured products, biological bodies,and food stores. Other water is trapped in ice caps, glaciers, aquifers, or in lakes, sometimes providing fresh water for life on land.
Sometimes plain old water gets boring, and adding some flavoring can help you drink more. You can buy flavored water, of course, but I think it’s one of the most overpriced things in the store. A large assortment of calorie free flavors to flavor sparkling water to great taste is sold at http://allfreightfree.com,
Here are some ideas for drinking fluids that don’t include adding a bunch of sugar, or cost a bunch of money.
If you want to stay away from artificial additives and caffeine, you can add some flavor to your water the natural way with:
• A twist of lemon or lime (or a little juice)
• A small piece of fruit
• A little unsweetened cranberry concentrate (look in health food stores)
• A slice of cucumber (subtle, but refreshing)
• A mint leaf or two (“bruise” them a little to release the flavor
If you don’t mind some artificial sweetener or other additives, try adding:
• A little diet cranberry juice (not “light”, but “diet” — the light kind has more sugar)
• Crystal Light, Unsweetened Kool-Aid, or other sugar-free drink mix (but check carefully for hidden carbs in some)
• Make a limeade or lemonade by adding some juice (1 gram of carb per tablespoon) and sweetener
• Any of the above flavorings can be added to plain club soda, seltzer water, or diet tonic water.
• Buy flavored sparkling waters at the store.
You should replace milk and soda with water to drink when you are thirsty, but do not force yourself to drink water. Overhydration can manifest as cramps during strenuous exercising!
Buy a Pur filter for your tap water if you don’t like regular! It cleans out germs & makes it taste more fresh. You can also buy flavors for them like peach, strawberry, or raspberry to make your tap water fruity when desired.
FlavorSplash is a product marketed under Aquafina Brand. A product called flavorSplash can turn the water into fruit-flavored. Try this if you don’t like tap water!
One creative way to make water more thirst-quenching is by combining a teaspoon of honey with a Tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar and just enough hot water to melt to the honey. Stir well and add enough water to make a gallon. Chill and enjoy! (There are many experts who recommend apple-cider vinegar for over-all health.)