FOLLOW THESE IDEAS TO BOOST YOUR DAILY WATER INTAKE, STAY HYDRATED, AND BE HEALTHY.
As a teenager, I remember my mom taking an oversized thermos of water with her every time she left the house. I thought it was because she was old and that’s just what happened when you get old. (Sorry Mom, I now realize that probably wasn’t the case and you weren’t actually old at the time!)
What’s funny is, I’m doing the EXACT SAME THING. I can not leave my house without H20 by my side.
Now I know for some, drinking enough water throughout the day may be more difficult. Maybe you’re not partial to the tasteless flavor. Or you might have a job that requires you to always be on the move.
But consider this…
The human body is up to 60% water. In fact, human beings can go 3 weeks or more without food, but only up to 1 week (and that’s generous) without water. Not only that, our bodies are always losing water, but at the same time desperately needing it in order to insulate vital organs and keep our cells functioning properly.
All of this to say, water is vital to survive and thrive. If you need a little extra help, check out some of these guaranteed ways to drink more of it on a daily basis. After all, our bodies are worth it!
The first step: set a goal.
Your goal will depend on where you are in your water journey along with other individual factors. If needed, start slow and work your way up to drinking the recommended amount, taking into consideration your lifestyle, activity level, age, etc.
A glass in the morning
Drinking water first thing in the morning is a great way to rehydrate your body, especially considering you haven’t had any for 8 (or so) hours. You’ll help energize your body, wake up your cells, and jumpstart your metabolism.
Pro tip: Trouble remembering? Simply set an alarm on your phone.
If you’re unable to drink water first thing in the morning, make it a point to drink some before anything else. On my commuting days, I’m pretty good at drinking water before anything else winds up in my system. But on the weekends or days I work from home, I have to remind myself.
Before long, it’ll become more of a habit and less of a hassle.
Take it with you
This is my go-to way to drink enough water throughout the day, and I count on my trusty 30 ounce YETI Rambler to do the trick. (I love my YETI for its larger size, allowing me to go longer without refills.)
On days I commute, I fill it up before leaving the house. My commute is 45 minutes (or longer), so I end up drinking the majority of it on my way to the office. I aim to drink another 60 ounces throughout the day, topping it off before I leave so I can try to get 30 ounces before arriving home.
But no matter the length of your commute, taking a water bottle with you is a perfect way to get more of it before and after your work shift.
Remember to do this whenever you leave the house. Anytime you run errands or go on a shopping spree, fill up!
There are so many types of teas, you’re bound to find something you enjoy. Plus, drinking tea provides a host of health benefits (depending on the type you drink), meaning tea may help balance blood sugar, flush out toxins, or boost your immune system.
My favorite type is green tea. More specifically, Organic India Tulsi Green Tea. It’s warm, cozy, and earthy. As an added bonus, to date this is the only green tea I can drink on an empty stomach without feeling nauseated.
And my awesome Bella electric tea kettle helps me make a cup of tea in no time. What’s more, it’s adorable! (It’s ceramic, so a little heavy but that’s okay for me.) You can find it on Amazon here. See? It’s super cute.
What’s also great about an electric tea kettle is that I don’t have to worry about my cats walking across a hot stovetop. Yikes!
PS—I thought all tea was pretty tasteless when I first starting drinking it. Now that I drink it more often (although I’m no tea connoisseur), I can pick up on individual flavors and subtle differences. If you’re in the same boat as I once was, it just takes a little time.
If you find plain water a bit drab, adding lemon juice can definitely help you drink more of nature’s goodness. Lemon juice not only adds flavor, but provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals.
Not to mention, squeezing half of a lemon into a glass of water is an excellent way to get more vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Even more, lemon provides amazing benefits, like reducing heart disease, aiding digestion, and freshening breath.
I do enjoy water as-is, but remind myself to squeeze in half a lemon on occasion for the benefits alone. Truthfully, I wish I made this a daily habit. It’s funny how something so simple is so difficult to do on a routine basis.
Similar to adding lemon, infused water gives you a little punch of flavor and provides your body with added nutrients.
Infused water doesn’t necessarily require a special bottle or pitcher, but it’s a good option if you want to keep your fresh ingredients contained. An infuser water bottle or pitcher is simply one with a basket inside designed to hold your fruit, veggies, herbs, or spices of choice.
Infused water is a perfect option when you’re craving something refreshingly tasty without added sugars or ingredients you can’t pronounce. The options are limitless. Plus, you can mix and match!
Check out tips on how make infused water (plus 6 recipes), courtesy of Eating Bird Food.
Measure it out
If your favorite water bottle doesn’t clearly state how many ounces it holds, use a liquid measuring cup to find out. This way, you know exactly how much you’ve had and how much more you should drink.
After you know much water your bottle holds, the trick is to track how many ounces you’ve had. This is one of the reasons I love my 30 ounce YETI Rambler. It’s large enough to not have to refill constantly which makes it easier to remember how much I drank that day.
Alternatively, you can invest in a BPA-free Nalgene bottle with the measurements already indicated for you.
I’ve even known some people to carry around a reused gallon of milk jug when the they were on a mission to drink a gallon of water a day. Do what suits you best!
Set a timer
Much like how a fitness watch reminds you to take a few steps if you’ve been sitting idle for a certain period of time, consider setting a timer if you need a friendly water reminder.
In fact, if you do wear a fitness watch and already receive step reminders at regular intervals, use that time to step on over to the water cooler. Stretch your limbs, get your blood flowing, and up your water intake—all at once!
Do you struggle with drinking enough water throughout the day? What are your secrets to drinking enough of the good stuff?