We all know (I think) that it's important to stay properly hydrated, not only if working out or undertaking exercise, but also in every day life. There's a good general article here: http://www.coreperformance.com/knowledge/nutrition/hydration.html
I have historically not been particularly great at drinking water. A good deal of my liquid intake used to come from coffee, alcohol etc. (thankfully I have never been a big soda drinker!). Given the rigors of the plan the The Puppeteer is putting together, I knew that it was important that I start to take in more fluids. I started pouring glasses of water at work, but they would often remain "un-drunk" for hours. Then I discovered Nuun Tablets. http://www.nuun.com/#/?exn=whatisnuun
Nuun tablets are electrolyte tablets that rapidly dissolve in water. They are lightly flavored (or flavoured for my Brit friends) and also gently effervesce, giving the water a slight fizz. Sold in tubes of 12 tablets, they are formulated to provide the correct osmolarity for rapid absorption. They are not a sports drink as they contain a careful balance of electrolytes but no carbohydrates. For each tablet dissolved in 16 oz water (~8 calories), the components are:
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Other ingredients: citric acid, sorbitol, sodium carbonate, natural colors flavors, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, calcium carbonate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate.
Available flavors are: Kona Cola, Bannana, Citrus, Lemon-Lime, Triberry and Orange. I can only vouch for the last three, but all taste good to me. I have a slight preference for the lemon-lime and orange over the triberry. Don't expect a "taste explosion" - these are all very light flavors when dissolved. Just enough, in my opinion, to make the water more interesting. There's also a more exotic "natural hydration" line. but my understanding is that these are not formulated the same way. The flavors sound interesting though!
The bottom line is that since I have discovered these babies I have been drinking a lot more water and tend to have my water bottle with me most of the time. Every little helps!