Let’s Celebrate Water! – by Sue Jurjevic

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Did you know that Rev your Bev day is on April 25th? What is Rev your Bev day, you ask? It’s an annual statewide day of action to raise awareness about the incredible health benefits that come with making water your beverage of choice. We usually focus a little more on drinking water during the hot summer months to stay hydrated in those extremely hot days. However, it is equally as important to drink water and stay hydrated throughout the entire year. Think of your body as a car. A car needs regular oil changes to keep functioning properly, just as your body needs water to run well.

Water is important to maintain the basic functions of the body such as digestion, absorption, and circulation. Water helps our bodies move, transport nutrients, and maintain of our body temperature. I’ve been drinking water on the regular for many years, and I’ve encouraged that same habit with my children. Our rule at home was to drink several bottles of water throughout the day before having any other type of drink, such as juice, or even the occasional soda.

It is important for children at an early age to develop this habit by adding water as a morning beverage to get their minds and bodies going before they go to school. It is like warming the car and allowing the oil to move through it allowing it to perform properly during the day.

If water isn’t part of your daily routine, it’s not too late to start. Many people have shared with me that water is not their favorite. This is mostly due to it having no flavor, which makes it less desirable. If you’re one of those people, Rev your Bev has you covered. You can visit their website, which offers great tips on adding some spark to plain water. You can make fruit infused water, unsweetened tea, seltzer water, and many more. There are endless ways to make water taste good. The important thing is to create healthy habits, and water is a good place to start. I’ve included some helpful links to get you started. Today is a new day, make today the day!

Sue Jurjevic is the Senior Recreation Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at s.jurjevic@manassasparkva.gov

http://registration.revyourbev.com/day

https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water

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