Last updated on December 7th, 2017
10 Tips To Drink More Water
Water is, quite literally, vital to your life. I think it's obvious by now that we need water to survive and replenish our bodies but along with that water also improves energy, helps regenerate our skin and maintains regularity. Yet so many people live in a state of chronic dehydration.
Drinking water daily has become a struggle for some or not even on the radar for others. In truth, you should be consuming roughly 2.5L of water per day in addition to what you take in with food. Between sugary soft drinks, crazy coffees and lack of quality food, many people aren't even close. Most people are deceived into thinking they're hydrated when they're not.
Sugary drinks, sodas, fruit juices are such poor quality when it comes to a fluid your body really and truly lives off of.
People ignore the signs and symptoms of dehydration (poor skin, fatigue, irregular bowels, headaches etc) because they're simply used to them. It's become just another way of life. And yet, it's such an easy fix.
We all know we should drink more water and below are few reasons why:
- Water improves the elasticity and clarity of your skin
- Water improves your energy
- Water keeps you headache free
- Water keeps your system functioning and your bowels moving
- Water boosts the immune system
- Water prevents cramps
- Water helps your kidneys function
Water is vital. But knowing isn't doing and thus people are still taking in far less liquid than they should. Instead I hear complaint of “but I don't LIKE water” or “I forgot”.
To counter these lovely excuses, below are 10 Tips To Upping Your Water Intake
Keep water nearby always.
This sounds too practical to be advice but seriously. If you leave your house- bring a water bottle. If you're watching TV- have a glass on the table. Just making it handy makes you sip on it more.
Buy a fancy water bottle
For some reason, having a bright, colorful, nice bottle on the side of the desk makes people more prone to drinking water at work. Don't be boring- invest in a bright, durable bottle.
Adding in fruits, lemons, herbs anything you actually like will entice you to drink more. My favorites are adding in strawberries or watermelon. It's fresh and has a bit of flavor which makes it refreshing.
Make it routine
When I was first starting to up my water intake I made it a rule that I had to have a full glass prior to every meal. Since I would never forget food I always remembered my water. While it sucked having to gag the water down, it did the trick. Worst case scenario- set an alarm.
Yes, another benefit of exercise- you'll be thirsty! And in an ideal world it'll be water that you grab to re-hydrate.
Set a water goal
Just like any other habit you might want to alter, setting a specific goal helps you to remain accountable. Instead of saying “I need to drink more water” make it specific with amounts. A good start is “I need to drink four full water bottles each day”
Prep your water
If you have a specific water goal, why not prep your water for the day before. I have two liter big jugs I drink out of so before I go to bed each night I fill them both. This way in the morning, they're ready and waiting. I just need to grab one and then the other and I know exactly how much I've taken in.
An app, a pencil and paper or marks on the edge of the bottle. Know how much water you're currently drinking so you know how much more you need in the day.
Use Chilled Loose Leaf Tea
The important part of upping your water intake is hydrating. Make up a big batch of tea, chill it and set to work. It keeps the flavor fresh and different while still giving your body the hydration it need.
Use Flavored Ice Cubes
Some people hate water and especially warm water. Juice some lemons, freeze them as ice cubes and add that to your bottle of water. Not only will you have a refreshing flavor but it will be chilled too!
There's lots of ways to boost your fluid intake you just need to get creative and work at it. Making sure that a lot of your intake comes from food is key also. Consuming nutrient dense foods (like vegetables) versus calorie dense foods (like processed foods) is an easy way to keep you hydrated.
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Water is vital for our systems to function and even more important for them to function optimally. While there's tricks and tips you can use, at the end of the day you've just got to suck it up and drink some water.
What's your best tip for staying hydrated?
Looking for more health boosting tips? Check out this guest interview with Joy from Joyous Health or 3 Changes To Focus On When Chasing Health