Drink More Water! I know you’ve heard it a million times. But honestly, for some of us, it isn’t that easy. The ability to drink water daily isn’t something I have naturally mastered and up until a few years ago something I really hated. Even though I know exactly how important it is I still have to go out of my way to make it happen. My three main reasons are: I’m not thirsty, I crave flavors, and I honestly just forget! That’s why I have devised these 5 tips to drink more water daily. They aren’t a stroke of genius but they have really worked for me. I went from literally drinking no water ever to getting my daily amount and then some. Give them a try and hopefully, you will find yourself drinking more water and feeling much better soon!
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Why Drink Water Daily?
I don’t want to spend much time on this topic. We all know it’s important. But sometimes you need to know HOW important in order to give yourself that little push you need. So quickly, here are my top 5 reasons you should make water a priority:
- Over half of your body mass is water. If you loose more water (through peeing, sweat, etc) daily than you are consuming you will become dehydrated.
- When you feel thirsty, crave sugar, or feel hungry at odd times your body is already in early stages of dehydration. You need water before you feel these things!
- Physical signals that your body is in the mid-range of dehydration include foggy head, headaches, fatigue, bad breath, constipation, muscles cramps, and dry patches of skin.
- Water is your body’s temperature regulator. If you become very dehydrated your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels putting your kidneys and other organs at risk.
- One-third of the water in your body lives in your cells, tissues, and organs helping them to communicate and keep your body in proper working order.
- BONUS: Water wakes up your metabolism helping you to reach your ideal body weight!
5 Tips To Drink More Water Daily
1. Have A Water Activity
Plan an activity each day where you will have easy access to water. For me, it is when I am getting ready in the morning. I fill a 16oz. class (or my “water cup” – tip #2) and bring it with me while I fix my hair and makeup. And each day I absolutely have to finish it before I finish getting ready. It normally takes me about 30 minutes which makes this goal super easy. But everyone’s lives and schedules are different. Getting ready in the morning may be quick for you but cooking dinner takes you 30 minutes. Or maybe you have a 30-minute block picking kids up and dropping them off at after school activities. The point is to find a 30-60 minute window where you can challenge yourself to complete an entire glass/bottle/jug of water.
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2. Have A “Water Cup”
I know this sounds crazy but stick with me here. I keep a special “cup” with me during the day that is 33 ounces. It is my goal to drink 64 ounces each day, therefore, I know once I have filled it twice my daily water consumption is done. Plus I’m a sucker for fancy and special things…hello Lily Pulitzer Organizer that was completely unnecessary but oh so FUN. My favorite is my [easyazon_link identifier=”B0000CFMBL” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”sustainab09a-20″ popups=”n”]Bormioli Swing Bottle[/easyazon_link] that I first discovered in Cameron Diaz’s book. It is her ‘go to’ water bottle and now I absolutely love it too. My water tastes so fresh and it’s easy for me to keep it filled and ready to go!
3. Add Some Healthy Flavor
There are times where I really miss drinking flavors. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss the extra pounds that come with drinking your calories. But a nice refreshing glass of flavor is still one of my favorite things. When the flavor urge hits, I like to add some cucumbers or lemon to my water. Some other fabulous options include berries (raspberries are delicious), fruit, limes, and herbs. Let them steep in your water to really bring out the flavors. Or try a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01C7YF3QC” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”sustainab09a-20″ popups=”n”]water infuser bottle[/easyazon_link]! These things are awesome and are great for those who need that punch of flavor here and there. Simply put your fruit, herbs, or citrus in the little container and enjoy flavor for several days.
4. Set An Alarm
If you are reading this chances are you have a cell phone. And chances are that phone probably has an alarm setting. Why not put it to good use! When your body is low on water you start to feel run down and sluggish. I have recognized these times in myself and set up a simple iPhone alarm that goes off every day at 12pm and 3pm. That jolting alarm noise immediately makes me recalculate my steps and evaluate my water consumption at that point in the day. We all get busy and more often than not our health gets pushed to
the back of our minds as we focus on deadlines and daily requirements. This little alarm helps bring your wellbeing back to the front and reminds you to make yourself and your health a priority.
5. Only Order Water
This may be really easy for you but this was a hard one for me. Sometime in my early-20s, my career started taking off and I had the financial means to no long be the “cheap college kid ordering water”. You know what I mean! I looked at ordering a soda or sweet tea as a reward which quickly turned into a habit. Nowadays I don’t eat out that much but when I do I try to make water part of my meal. An easy way to put your health first. Plus now in my 30s I’m not so worried about looking cheap. My retirement plan can use all of the help it can get!
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One final thought I would like to leave you with is to look at the quality of the water you are drinking. Federal scientist found traces of 18 unregulated contaminants in 1/3 of the tap water samples that they tested. These included pesticide residue, disinfection byproducts, heavy metals, chlorine, and pharmaceutical drugs. We personally have gotten a letter consistently for 4 years stating our water test high for radon and continual exposure can lead to health risks. Thanks…I think? The EPA requires tap water to be tested several times per day. You can easily look up your water supply on the Consumer Confidence Report on the EPA website.
And before you start thinking “I’ll just drink bottled water” know that private bottlers are only required to test once a week, once a year, or once every four years, depending on the contaminant. Not to mention plastic bottle can have BPA, BPS, and Phthalate contamination in the plastic as well.
In order to receive the best quality water, be sure to get a home water filter and drink from a glass as much as possible. If you find that you need to drink from plastic (because there are times when this happens) be sure it is a BPA-free bottle from a company you trust to purify it properly. This way when you drink water daily you will be sure you are drinking the purest version possible.
Happy, healthy drinking everyone! For more clean lifestyle tips be sure to check out My Morning Routine to start your day off right.