Are you drinking enough water? Do you struggle to drink the recommended glasses of water every day? If staying hydrated consistently is difficult for you to do, then keep reading. You won’t want to miss these 5 tips to easily drink more water.
Drinking enough water sounds so easy, but it’s a struggle for many people. Yet, there are a lot of benefits to staying hydrated that we shouldn’t pass up.
First of all, I’m sure you’ve heard this, but our bodies are made up of water. Okay, so technically not water, but fluids. Yes, 60% of your body is fluids. When you sweat, urinate, defecate, and breathe, you’re eliminating some of the vital hydration your body requires.
Now, all these ways (and more) of our bodies eliminating fluids are very important to our wellbeing. So, I’m not suggesting they’re a bad thing. What I mean is that we must replace the eliminated fluids and rehydrate. That’s where water comes in…
WHY DO YOU NEED TO DRINK MORE WATER?
To start with, hydration is essential for several bodily functions. Some examples include circulation, digestion, body temperature regulation, and the creation of saliva. By staying hydrated, you’re balancing these bodily functions.
You know how pretty much every diet out there suggests that you drink more water? That’s because it helps control calories by helping you feel fuller and by replacing high-calorie drinks with no calorie water.
Continuing in the area weight loss and general health, you have better muscle function when your muscles are well hydrated. So, drink water before, during and after exercising.
Earlier, when I said that being hydrated helps you release toxins, I was talking about your kidneys. Drinking a lot of liquids not only helps your kidneys do their job but also helps maintain your kidneys functioning effectively.
HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER
You do not need to be an expert to come up with ideas on how to drink more water. And I’m sure you can come up with even more than the ones I have here. Some of these suggestions come from my own experience in trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Others come from my experience of trying to help my mom drink more water.
Unfortunately, she was recently diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer (she gave me permission to share this). While I spent two months in Florida to support her through the arduous beginnings of cancer treatment, staying hydrated was one of her biggest struggles. Needless to say, we all jumped in with ideas to help her out.
I hope this list can help you too and I hope that you’re healthy. Staying hydrated is not something to try to fix when you’re sick, it’s part of everyday health.
1. DRINK SPARKLING WATER
If you’re used to drinking soft drinks and you’re trying to drink more water, sparkling water is a happy medium. You still have the effervescence of the drink without the calories. There’s a large variety of options when it comes to flavored sparkling waters too.
A tip to keep in mind when you’re choosing a sparkling water option is to take a look at the label. If it has sodium, try a different one. There are many options available with no sodium.
2. DRINK FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INFUSED WATER
Add fruits, veggies, and herbs to water (regular or sparkling) to spruce it up. It gives the water flavor and tastes like a refreshing drink or juice. A fruit infuser water bottle makes it easy to carry everywhere with you.
You also have the option of keeping a fruit infused pitcher at home for the whole family.
3. MAKE IT A GAME
Do you like games and challenges? Make it a challenge for yourself and involve others. See who can make reach the longest streak of uninterrupted days drinking 8 glasses of water per day, or half your body weight in water.
4. WRITE IT DOWN
Tracking your water intake does two things. It makes you more aware and conscious of your water intake. It helps you feel more accountable once you’ve written it down. I keep a bullet journal and ending the day without checking off all my boxes of water, makes me feel like my day was incomplete.
5. TELL THE WORLD
Share your intention to drink more water on social media. You might even inspire others to join you! You have the accountability of announcing it to the world. They’ll be expecting updates on your progress.
If others join you, you’ll also have a village of support where you all have a common goal. This will make you more likely to follow through. Eventually, it’ll become a habit.
NOW MAKE A PLAN TO DRINK MORE WATER
You now have 5 tips to drink more water. Which one are you going to try? Feel free to do all of them! But the most important thing is to plan ahead.
If you know you’ll be out and about all day, bring a bottle of water with you. If sparkling water is the tip that works best for you, stock up. Purchase more sparkling water before you run out. The same goes for your favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs to infuse your water with.
If you plan ahead, you’ll always find a way to reach your goals. And if your goal is to lose weight, check out this Weight Loss Accountability post.
Comment below and let me know the tips that help you hydrate consistently. And don’t forget to sign up below for the Fit and Healthy Conversion Cheat Sheets. You’ll get a handy tool with healthy food substitutes and you’ll also get weekly health tips and blog updates.