Healthier Alternatives to Water

We are recommended to drink about 2 litres of water each day. With the extremely warm weather in Singapore, some of us might even go on to drink more than that, without even noticing ourselves. However, I’m sure most of us wouldn’t mind adding a bit of flavour to our water, or just drink something more ‘interesting’. Not all delicious drinks pack unhealthy sugars and additives, so instead of getting up to reach for a can of ice-cold soda, here are some tasty alternatives to water. that benefit your health. In the heat of Singapore, you may want to try some of these alternatives to keep yourself cool!

Why Do I Need to Drink Water?

Up to 60% of our entire body comprises of water. Your body uses water for a variety of internal functions carried out by our cells, tissues and organs. We also lose water through our normal daily activities such as breathing, sweating and urinating. In order to ensure that our bodies are functioning properly, we must ensure that we are getting sufficient amounts of water in our bodies.

As a guideline, here are some signs that you may be salt deprived:

You constantly feel thirsty

A dry throat/mouth

Bad breath

Reduced urination frequency/amounts

Dark and yellow urination

Feeling exhausted and fatigued

Constipation

Dry skin

You may feel hungry and have cravings for sweet food

With that aside, let us get into our recommendations for alternatives to water!

Sparkling Water

This is a great alternative to your tempting and sweet sodas. If fizzy and refreshing are 2 things you are looking for in your drink, you need to know that soda isn’t your only option! Try sparkling water!

Sparkling or carbonated water is basically water infused with carbon dioxide gasses under some form of pressure, allowing the water to become carbonated. Many supermarkets sell carbonated mineral water in bottled form, and some of them even have refreshing flavours such as lemon or grapefruit! Want to fizz up your own water? Soda makers are machines that are designed to add a fizzy touch to your drink! You can choose the amount of carbonation you want in most machines too! Consider investing in one of those machines if you want fizzy water every day!

There may be health concerns regarding carbonated water, with people saying that sparkling  

water can damage your teeth. However, a study shows that sparkling only damaged your teeth a slight bit more when compared to normal water, and normal water is much less damaging than your normal sugary drinks, about 100 less times in fact! It also has no effect in affecting bone health.

Apart from that, sparkling water may even have some benefits! Studies show promising signs of it helping with our digestive health. It may improve swallowing ability, help relieve signs of constipation, and it may even help to keep you full for a longer time! What are you waiting for? Remove the sugars in your soda with sparkling water! Our next idea for you can allow you to add a flavourful twist to your sparkling water!

Fruit-infused Water

If you wished your water had a fruity or refreshing touch, this is the simple option for you! This is quite a trendy method currently, and it is simply done by adding some fruits or leaves into your water, letting the flavour of whatever you desire seep into the water and flavouring it.

This again is one of the healthy benefits to sugary flavoured drinks which are detrimental to your health! Enjoy the natural flavour of fruits with each sip of your water!

The benefits of infused water are simply the rehydrating benefits of water, which prevent the negative effects of not having enough water in your body. The flavour of the water will also entice you to drink more water, hydrating yourself and keeping yourself healthy! Also, these waters may be referred to by some as detox water, and many believe that it has the ability to cleanse your body.

No idea what to add into your water? Here are some good ideas to get you started:

Cucumber

Mint

Berries

Pineapple

Watermelon

Mango

Swap your water with sparkling water for a fizzy twist!

Of course, you can mix these around, and it is usually recommended you add 2 or more fruits for the best flavour. Give the fruits some time to infuse, for at least 4 hours or overnight, in the fridge if you like it cold! The fruits and herbs can be reused to get their flavours again for up to a week, before they must be changed. The flavour of the water will

also get less strong with each re-use.

Green Tea

Green tea is one of the healthiest and most beneficial drinks one can have! However, don’t go out to the supermarket or your nearest convenience store to stock up on bottles and cans of sweetened green tea, because we are talking about fresh-brewed green tea here!

Green tea is packed with antioxidants to help fight oxidative stress in our bodies. Also, green tea has weight loss benefits! The caffeine in green tea can help to improve our metabolism and in turn help with fat burning and weight loss.

There is a myriad of different types of green tea leaves or preparation of green tea, but green tea is generally either made from boiling green tea leaves, or made from grinding the leaves into Matcha powder and stirred with a whisk in water. For starters, try with the green tea leaves which you can buy teabags of them from supermarkets, to see if the taste of green tea is your thing. It should be refreshing and fragrant. Ground Matcha powder on the other hand is for the green tea enthusiast, bringing a usually bitter note plus a thick and heavy taste. Overall, we feel that this is a refreshing drink in place of water, and you should definitely try it!

Coconut Water

Another refreshing drink that makes you feel like you’re relaxing at a beach, coconut water is generally delicious and good for health, but should not be drank in large amounts like water due to the sweetness of it. However, it is rather low in calories and carbs so you can drink it without guilt whenever you do!

Coconut water packs a few nutrients such fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, among others! Coconut water is also proven to have antioxidant contents, which as we mentioned can help to prevent oxidative stress in your body. This delicious drink may also help improve the health of your heart as well as lower your blood pressure!

Here is a tip, try to get coconut water with no added sugar and choose those that are as raw as possible, to get the purest and healthiest coconut water!

Milk

Not for the lactose intolerant, milk is a great drink for times when you’re in need of flavours other than water. Milk has a generally creamy texture and it is enjoyed by many as a delightful drink

Since we were children, schools have been promoting milk as a healthy beverage, and that is true in most cases! Milk from cows contain a good amount of calcium which is important for healthy bones, joints and teeth, among other helpful minerals as well. Its high protein content can even help in keeping you full for a period of time! You may try skimmed milk or low-fat milk as healthier options, but normal full fat milk won’t be too bad once in a while!

Let us talk about another form of milk that is becoming popular currently, almond milk. It is the choice of milk for most vegans, and it is made by blending almonds and water and straining the almond pulp for a creamy milk-like liquid. Almond milk is also gaining popularity with non-vegans due to its similar texture to milk and its lower calories and cholesterol levels! It still has vitamins and minerals, and most of them are fortified with calcium to make up for the absence in fresh almond milk! If you do get almond milk, read the packaging labels carefully and make sure there is no sugar added!

Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is something a lot of us definitely would enjoy drinking, but it is surprisingly still healthy when prepared the right way!

Cocoa powder itself has a range of impressive benefits. It is one of the most abundant sources of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while improving blood flow. Cocoa is also proven to help to lower the risk of heart diseases, and also improve your brain function! To make it even more irresistible, cocoa is also able to improve your mood!

Cocoa seems like the perfect drink then, but you need to make sure it is done healthily in order for you to reap its benefits fully. Choose cocoa powder that is as unprocessed as possible and high in flavanol content, and make sure it is unsweetened. Try using low fat or plant-based milks, and only sweeten the drink with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup in suitable amounts. You can also add cocoa on your fruits or in smoothies, or just munch on some high cocoa content dark chocolate as an indulgent snack when you are feeling the need for a quick bite!

Fruit Juice

Fruit juices are definitely one of the more common alternatives to water. It is one where you can mix and match to form your desired refreshing taste! If fruit-infused water isn’t satisfying your taste buds enough, just blend those fruits an enjoy their full flavours!

Every fruit has their own set of nutrients, minerals and vitamins for the good of your body. For example, oranges are a great source of Vitamin C and other nutrients, bananas are a great source of potassium and other minerals and vitamins, and pomegranates are a great source of antioxidants! The list goes on for the different fruits! However, there are some fruits high in sugar content you should consume in moderation, such as mangoes and pineapples. 

When buying juice from the supermarket or drink stalls, try to ensure that there are as little sugars and other ingredients added to the juice. The best way to get your fruit juice is to make it yourself, where you can control the process and only add what should be added into the juice to reap the full benefits! As usual, try not to add in any sugar. You can try to add some water to dilute the taste if the juice is too thick or too strong for you.

Conclusion

It is important that you stay hydrated to make sure that your body functions properly, and also to ensure that you are healthy! It is no doubt that Singaporean weather is on the higher side, and you should be hydrating yourself more than what is recommended. When you feel thirsty but don’t want another sip of water, try some of these options to quench your thirst!

Share with us on our social media what you drink when the weather is unbearable and when you are thirsty!