Water is the best drink to stay hydrated. There is no healthier drink.
Benefits of water
Water is essential for life. Drinking enough water every day will help:
Your body function properly
You feel refreshed
You quench your thirst
You feel energetic
You to concentrate better and be more attentive
You improve your visual attention and fine motor skills
Prevent dehydration by making sure you drink enough water every day. Drink more water when it is hot or when you are physically active.
Dehydration, even when it is mild, can have harmful effects on both adults and children. The effects of dehydration are:
Reduced tolerance for exertion
Impaired memory and concentration
Impaired digestive, kidney and heart function
In general, tap water is easily accessible. In Québec, a number of standards are in place to ensure we have excellent quality water. By applying these standards, potentially harmful contaminants can be monitored.
Drinking tap water instead of bottled water is an eco-responsible choice. Reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles reduces waste production and pollution from the manufacture, transportation and disposal of these bottles.
Drink water more often
Think about drinking water whenever you can. Here are a few tips that might help:
Put a pitcher of water in the middle of the table at meals.
Put water in your children’s lunch boxes, in a reusable bottle, instead of sugary drinks.
Ask for a glass of water with your meal when you eat out (restaurants, arenas, sports centres, etc.).
Carry water in a reusable bottle when you go out or when you do a physical activity so that you buy less bottled water or other types of drinks. Some reusable bottles keep water cold for several hours.
Drink tap water at home instead of a sugary drink. Think about buying fewer sugary drinks or not buying them at all. If you don’t have them at home, you and your family will drink fewer sugary drinks.
Try mixing things up occasionally by drinking infused water or sparkling water.
You can add fruits and vegetables (strawberries, cucumber, watermelon, etc.), herbs (mint, basil, rosemary, etc.) or a few drops of almond or coconut extract to give your water flavour. Let yourself be inspired by the moment.
Store-bought flavoured water and liquid and powder flavourings are not recommended. Their acidity might cause dental erosion. Beware of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. Their acidifying properties can also cause dental erosion, depending on the amount added and frequency of use.
Apart from water, low-fat milk and enriched, unsweetened plant-based drinks, such as soy drinks, are also nutritious choices.
Limit your intake of sugary drinks
Water is the best drink to quench your thirst and it does not have any calories, unlike many drinks on the market. Water is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to sugary drinks.
Choose water instead of:
Fruit-flavoured punch or cocktails
100% pure fruit juice
Tea or coffee beverages with added sugars (e.g., iced tea)