Despite the know to drink more water, the average population may be falling shy of the recommended 8 glasses per day. And while it may seem like a broken record to encourage a higher intake, water has a significant impact on health and severe or potentially deadly consequences without it. So rather than gambling on dehydration risk, drink more water with these 10 simple tips!
How to Drink More Water Everyday
1. Start Small
As individuals, we should all set personalized goals to meet fluid recommendations. For instance, someone who drinks two cups each day may progress in a slower manner than someone closer to the water intake recommendation. Ultimately, setting small, attainable goals can transpire into lasting habits.
2. Purchase A New Water Bottle
Sometimes a large, fancy new water bottle is all it takes to be motivated to drink more water. And if passionate about giving back, this sustainable Lokai water pack donates a portion to charity:water, a charity working to provide clean water to areas living without.
3. Keep Water Handy
In many aspects, the lack of convenience may be hindering efforts towards a healthy lifestyle, just another reason why meal prepping is such a valuable tool. But when it comes to staying hydrated, keeping water handy and conveniently located can encourage and remind you of its intake, including in the car and at work.
4. Make It Routine
Adding a glass to already established routines can encourage you to drink more water. So if gravitating to coffee is the first task on your morning agenda, have water waiting for your arrival, sipping on it until that cup of joe has brewed!
5. Enhance Flavor
Particularly if weaning off soda or other sugary beverages, making the switch can quite difficult and overwhelming. However, flavoring water may mimic the desirable flavors without all the added sugar. Water can be infused with a multitude of fruit and herbs, including these additional refreshing recipes here. And if it is the carbonation you are after, swap out tap with carbonated water.
6. Sip at Every Meal
Start making it a habit to sip water at every meal. Doing so not only contributes to greater water intake, but may lessen the risk of overeating and can help improve digestion.
7. Filter Water
The taste of filtered water may be more enticing than straight from the tap. Encourage water intake by purchasing a filter, either one to install on the faucet, placed to chill in the refrigerator, or a water bottle that has one built-in.
8. The “1:1” Rule
Although recommendations encourage males to stick to two drink servings per day with women limited to one, hitting up happy hour or celebrating some special occasion may come with more than you bargained with. Sticking to the “1:1” rule, one glass of water per one cocktail, may be valuable to not only hydration status, but your overall well-being come morning time.
9. Make It a Challenge
Challenge yourself to drink at least eight glasses of water on a daily basis. The use of one of these mobile apps can help track water intake, or even competing with others!
10. Consume High-Water Content Foods
While consuming foods should not replace drinking fluids, the water content of some produce can contribute to fluid intake. While watermelon is an obvious fluid source, strawberries, grapefruit, grapes, cucumber, lettuce, celery, and zucchini. However, these products can lose a majority of their water content when cooked or heated, so enjoy in their raw form.