We all know how important it is for us to drink water: It flushes toxins out of the body, lubricates your joints and protects your body tissue. Yet most of us barely drink enough each day to technically survive, let alone thrive, and, even though our body is mostly made of the stuff, water is often overlooked when even the healthiest of us craft a wholesome diet. So! With a goal of making it a habit for all of us, here’s how to drink more water every day.
1. Make it tastier. Water usually doesn’t have a taste, and it’s this tasteless nature that seems to be the big issue for people. It is precisely this neutral taste, however, that means it can be easily infused with a fruit, herb or vegetable to give it an extra kick. My favorites are strawberries, mint or cucumber; add a sprig or a slice to a bottle of icy water. Not so boring now, eh?
2. Drink before you eat. Another good way to increase your intake of water throughout the day is to drink one glass before each meal. Bonus: This would also help in curbing your appetite if you’re looking to lose weight.
3. Start your day with lemon water. Before you reach for that cup of coffee, drink a mug of warm lemon water (or a tall glass of icy lemon water). Why? Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and lemon water will provide you with a hit of these vital nutrients while also hydrating your body.
4. Keep a water bottle in your bag, at your desk, and so on. If your water drinking troubles arise from forgetting to fill up your cup, keeping a bottle close by (even as a reminder!) will help enormously.This is something I’m passionate about; you’ll never find me without a water bottle in hand. We love Swell water bottles in particular, as they keep beverages cold or hot all day long.
5. Use a water drinking reminder app. Yep, there’s an app for this. Installing water drinking reminder apps like Carbodroid or Daily Water Free on your smartphone is a, well, smart way of increasing your daily water consumption. The apps will help you in track the number of glasses of water you have had each day by providing you timely alarms and reminders.
6. Eat foods rich in water content. Great news, whole food enthusiasts! (And anyone, really.) You can increase your daily intake of water by consuming foods high in water content like zucchinis, cucumbers, and watermelons.
7. Mark your water bottle. If you are someone who likes to track things or cross things off lists, marking your water bottles can help you meet those H2O goals. Simple mark up a bottle as a reminder of the amount of water you have consumed throughout the day, and how much you still need to drink in order to meet your daily water requirements.
And there you have it. Now, go H20.
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