Trying to drink more water every day can be labeled as boring and seem a little repetitive for most people. There are also many things that keep us from drinking enough water throughout the day like busy schedules, or things we’d rather be drinking (especially coffee and cocktails). With all of this in mind, it is not that far-fetched that a majority of people can’t fathom consuming up to 2 liters of water a day.
However, drinking enough water doesn’t have to be all that difficult. By using some simple tricks, setting goals, and even making some fun rules for yourself, you can easily train yourself to boost your daily H2O consumption. Who knows, you might even start to like it!
- Give it Some Flavor– most people would feel more inclined to drink water if they thought that it had a more interesting taste. This is a great way to get creative and use different methods to jazz up your glass of H2O. Cut up herbs, slice fruits or vegetables, drop in some essential oils, etc. All of these options will add flavor naturally without the sugar content that is found in juices. You can even start having a “taste of the week”: a popular combination is lemon, lime, rosemary, and mint leaves.
- Replace Soda– if you are in one of those moods where just about any fizzy drink will do, choose sparkling or mineral water instead. La Croix makes great sparkling water that is 100% natural, sugar-free, calorie-free, and sodium-free with no artificial sweeteners! So far, you can choose from at least 15 delicious flavors. Another options is to grab a fizzy water, add a squeeze of lime juice, and you have yourself a fancy mocktail. You will not regret ditching your soda habit for these.
- Keep Track– for those of you who like a challenge, keep up with the number of ounces you drink daily. Use a free app to try and beat your score every week. You can even start setting incentives for your new water habit when you reach milestones. Then you have the chance to treat yourself to something you don’t normally get. Soon you will be drinking half a gallon without hesitation!
- The 1 to 1 Rule– if you like to indulge in alcoholic beverages from time to time, then make sure to down a glass of water for every drink. This will also help you maintain your daily water consumption AND will increase your chances of avoiding a hangover because it balances out the sugar in most alcoholic drinks.
- Set a Timer– until you are drinking enough water on your own, set alarms throughout the day to drink a full glass. These reminders will be set to go off throughout the day and when one does, chug a big cup of water. This might seem like a lot, but nothing snaps you into a routine like a loud phone alarm. For starters, always try to drink one glass right when you wake up, one after every meal, and one before you go to sleep.
- Eat Water-Rich Foods – a sneaky yet smart way to increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis: eat your H2O. Make sure to add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your cart on your next grocery store trip. Here are some of the top picks: cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
- Keep it in Reach – the truth is, if you’re stuck at your desk all day or traveling for hours, your first priority won’t be to sip on water very often. The fix: always have a big bottle of water within arm’s reach! Reusable bottles are perfect for the office, at the gym, or in the car.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
The golden rule for hydration is defined as “eight 8-ounce glasses a day”, which equals to be about 8-10 cups, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.However, recent studies have shown that you need to sip on water constantly throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty. A similar concept to eating frequent, small meals all day long. As with most things, the average daily water intake depends on the individual. We are all so different that our water intake needs to be adjusted depending on your activity level, climate, digestion, etc. For example, those who tend to exercise often or are outside for long periods of time should stick with a higher consumption than others.
Why Should I Worry About Water?
Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, nutrients transportation, and body temperature maintenance. An important thing to remember when you are using these tricks for upping your water intake is that drinking water frequently keeps these functions working properly. Water is also vital because it acts as a lubricant for your joints, protects your brain, and plays a large part in removing waste from your body through functions such as perspiration.
Another beneficial aspect of drinking water is that it helps control the calories. For years, drinking lots of water has been a significant weight loss strategy. Choosing water over a high-calorie beverage and maintaining a diet that is high in water-rich foods will result in being healthier, more filling, and lower calorie intake.
Staying hydrated regulates our body temperature, boosts skin health, and aids the digestion system. Drinking enough water daily is also guaranteed to improve your well-being: you will sleep better, have more energy, and think clearer. That is why everyone, especially active individuals, need to stay on top of their water consumption.Needless to say, your body will be thanking you for showing it some liquid love.
Article written by Savannah Bosley, creator of https://leisureofliving.com/