Summer Heat: Feel Your Best with Water (cont.)

Cold, rather than room temperature, water may also be more appealing. And serving the water in a glass (rather than a plastic or paper cup) will help it stay colder longer and retain a fresher taste.

Seltzer water is another alternative, says Kleiner. Some people like the bubbly "soda" effect, and a splash of juice or a spritz of fruit such as lemon, lime, or orange might help you think of water in a new light.

Make sure if you buy seltzer already flavored that it's not loaded with sucrose or fructose -- just other words for sugar. And, Kleiner adds, while seltzer is fine to drink throughout the day, it's not the best choice while exercising because gas from the bubbles takes up space in your stomach, making you feel fuller and decreasing the amount of total fluid you'll take in.

Eating Your Water

Fortunately, during the summer we tend to eat watery foods like melons, plums, and peaches, says Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, LD/N, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "If you don't like to drink plain water, eating more watery foods is a good strategy," adds Sass. You can also freeze 100% fruit juice and bits of real fruit in ice cube trays and add them to water.

Finally, says Sass, if you're trying to drink more, consider upping your water intake gradually -- 1 cup at a time -- to allow your body to adjust. "Otherwise you may feel waterlogged and will be running to the bathroom every 15 minutes," she says. "And that could cause you to throw in the towel."

Published June 19, 2006.

SOURCES: Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, author, Power Eating, Mercer, Wash. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author, From Fatigued to Fantastic!: A Manual for Moving Beyond Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, Annapolis, MD. "The Science of Sweat," Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Stella Metsovas, BS, certified nutritionist, Laguna Beach, Calif. Stuart Fischer, MD, New York City. Jyl Steinback, author, program designer, Eat Right, Move More and Live Well, Scottsdale, Ariz. Debbie Mandel, MA, lifestyle/fitness coach, Long Island, N.Y. Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, LD/N, National Media spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association, Tampa, Fla.

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