10 Surprisingly Easy Ideas to Drink More Water for Better Health
Drinking enough water each day isn’t always easy, but staying hydrated is essential for good health. The best source of needed hydration for your body is water.
The CDC reports that only 22% of adults drink the recommended daily amount of water. That means the rest of us may be missing out on the crucial benefits of recommended water intake. The benefits of staying properly hydrated include bladder and colon cancer prevention, mood enhancement, weight loss, less joint pain, detoxing by flushing out bacteria and waste, headache prevention, better skin, better athletic performance, and better overall health.
1. Add some flavor to your water
Plain water can get old and boring. Jazz it up with a little flavor to make it more enticing. For great taste without extra additives, you can add flavor from more natural sources. Try adding mint or slices of strawberry, orange, or watermelon. For the best flavor enhancement, let the fruit soak in the water for a couple hours in your fridge before drinking.
2. Choose water when dining out
Instead of ordering soda or alcohol when eating out, switch to water when eating out at a restaurant. If you can get into the habit, even at home, have a glass of water before eating, as it will help with appetite suppression so you don’t overeat.
3. Add some spice to your meal
Adding spices like metabolism-boosting red pepper or sea salt to your meals and snacks will induce thirst, making you reach for your glass of water more often during your meal.
4. Snack on fruits and veggies that are water-rich:
Not sure about drinking all that water? Try eating some of it! There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that have high water content and are great for snacking. Try adding melons, cucumbers, grapes, celery, oranges, or raw green peppers as snacks throughout the day.
5. Make water your first and last habit of the day
Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake revs up your metabolism and is a great start to your day. Make it a habit by keeping a glass or bottle on your nightstand so it is readily available when you wake. Drinking another glass before bed helps your body detox through the night.
6. Use a water bottle instead of a glass
Rather than an 8 oz. glass for water, try using a 16, 24, or 32 oz. water bottle and refill a few times a day. Since you’re refilling the bottle less than you would the glass, it makes it easier to consume more water. For the purest water, find a bottle with a built-in filter.
7. Dilute juices or try sparkling water
Diluting the juice you drink with water is another good way to boost your water consumption. If you’re usually a soda drinker, you can replace that artificially-sweetened or sugary calorie-laden soda and still keep the bubbly, carbonated effect with sparkling water.
8. Keep your water close
Whether you are at work, at the gym, in the car, or just at home, keep a bottle or glass of water within easy reach. This reminds you to drink and keeps you from having to go to get water as often.
9. Use an app or reminders
There are quite a few apps available to remind you to get your recommended daily water intake. Not a big app user? You can also set reminders on your phone or PC, set a timer, or set an alarm on your clock to remind you to drink water throughout the day.
10. Include water in your nights out
An evening at the bar doesn’t mean you have to give up water for the night. Alternating a glass of water with every beer or cocktail will help keep you hydrated and it’ll also help prevent or reduce that hangover the following day, especially if you finish your late night with another glass of water when you get home.
Over 60% of our body is comprised of water, so staying hydrated is very important. Most of us experience dehydration to some degree at least on an occasional basis, but you don’t have to. Just drinking more water can deliver a ton of health benefits.
By following these easy ways to increase your water consumption, soon you’ll be staying hydrated and healthy without even thinking about it!
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