Okay. For whatever reason – to lose weight or just to eat and drink more healthy – you made a decision to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but after one day you find yourself slipping back into old habits. A little coffee here, some juice there, a soda or some other drink. It happens to the best of us. We want to be healthier, exercise more, drink more water, but sometimes we are fighting a losing battle. However, more people are making the effort to drink more water, and as they do, they eventually find that drinking only water is not so bad after all.

Water has several health benefits. It rids the body of toxins, transports food and minerals to all parts of the body and hydrates the cells of the body. Many popular beverages like coffee, tea, soda and wine can achieve the opposite effect by dehydrating the body. Just ask beer drinkers.

Only water can truly hydrate the body and deliver the benefits mentioned above. Water has been promoted as a means of losing weight, since it is believed that some people misread the signs of thirst as hunger and think they need to eat. If they were to drink a glass of water instead of eating or drinking some other beverage, they would lose weight, or at least not gain any.

Water is a common method of fasting for religious reasons but it can also cure some illnesses as well. Some people claim that drinking water is effective in curing headaches, but this has not been proven. However evidence exists to support the claim that drinking water can relieve hypertension. In a study published in Science Direct, one hundred and seventy four patients were medically supervised while undergoing a water-only fast.

For 2 to 3 days prior to the treatment, participants ate only fruits and vegetables, then consumed only water for 10 to 11 days. Following this they were fed a low-fat, low-sodium vegan diet. The result was that over 90% of the patients achieved a blood pressure lower than 140/90 mm Hg with the greatest reduction being among those patients with the highest hypertension levels.


However, many people find drinking pure water boring and look for a more tasteful means of hydration. In come water-based products that supply the health benefits of water, along with taste and energy. Many of these drinks contain colors, flavors and sweeteners that replace the bland taste of water. Some may even be carbonated, as in the case of sodas. In addition, they may contain artificial sweeteners which can have adverse effects on a person’s overall health. The best means of quenching the thirst is water, but if you want to add some zest, why not try some of the exciting flavors from