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4 Interesting Ways That Help You Drink Much More Water Easily

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4 Interesting Ways That Help You Drink Much More Water Easily

It is common knowledge that we need to drink more water. But between its sheer blandness, the inconvenience of having to lug a water bottle around and the constant availability of tastier options, remembering to drink more water is so hard to do.

Here are 4 easy ways to trick yourself into drinking more water

1. Spice things up.

Sprinkling just a touch of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or good ole hot sauce on your food will definitely encourage you to drink more water. Even better, studies[1] show that adding a little fire to your food increases metabolism and improves feelings of satiety, both of which lead to weight loss.

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2. Drink from a straw.

Drinking through a straw helps you drink larger amounts in a shorter period of time. Another surprising and benefical reason to drink your water through a straw or sports bottle is that the sucking action[2] itself is one of the oldest remedies for stress reduction and for providing a sense of calm. So you’ll drink more water and pacify yourself simultaneously.

3. Add a little flavor.

Adding natural flavor to water, such as lemon, lime or ginger to your water is a perfect way to add flavor while still reaping the benefits. Ginger infused water or ginger tea[3] is made by boiling fresh ginger root in water, then straining it and allowing it to cool. Ginger tea is not only good for flavoring the water it is also known to ease digestive discomfort and relieve the sinus pressure and sore throat that often accompanies a cold.

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Another great way to add a little flavor and aesthetic flare to a glass of water is to use frozen citrus fruit as ice cubes. Not only do you have a beautiful glass of flavored water, you are now getting the added benefits that citrus fruits provide.

An even easier way to increase your water intake without actually drinking it straight is by diluting your favorite beverages. This technique works well with tea, juice and lemonade. You still get all the flavor while doubling your water intake and cutting the calories in half.

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4. Eat your water.

How in the world do you “eat” water you ask? Easy! You simply consume foods with high water content[4]. Watermelon and strawberries are 92% water. Zucchini, radishes and celery are a whopping 95% water. Other fruits and veggies that have a high water content include: cucumbers, grapefruit, green cabbage, tomatoes, pineapples, oranges, cranberries, cauliflower, eggplant and the list goes on and on. Eating your water is easy and great for your overall health.

You have to consciously decide to drink more water. Set cues that trigger the thought, “drink more water.” It could be as simple as setting a bottle of water beside your bed before you go to sleep and when you wake up, drinking half the bottle before your feet hit the ground. Or, while you are at work or school, drinking water after every restroom break or taking three sips of water before every meal or using an app to track your water intake. The list of possibilities is endless but the result has to be the same…drink more water!

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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