In recent years, water has become praised for being a magical elixir. Truth be told, it has always been the miracle liquid that works to maintain electrolyte balance, regulate body temperature, promote cellular health, and lubricate joints. Even though people understand that drinking more water is a necessity, seldom do people follow through and replenish their bodies with that high quality H2O.
Some people feel that drinking water is a chore or they don’t like the taste of water, and these people are most likely dehydrated. According to several research studies, most people spend their lives in a mild state of dehydration, simply because they aren’t drinking enough water. While you may think that you don’t fall into that category, let us detail some symptoms of dehydration. You may identify with a few and need to up your water intake as a result.
- Dry mouth (Is your mouth currently dry? When was the last time you drank water?)
- Urine is of lower volume and more yellow than usual. Observe your pee because you can learn from it.
- Headaches, for example, a dull ache that just doesn’t seem to go away
- Always feeling thirsty. Well, if you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated.
- Dry skin
- Minimal skin elasticity
- Peeing less than 6-8 times a day. When was the last time you peed today?
Water is life, especially when you consider that about 66% of the human body is comprised of water. Brain tissue is 75% water and you’ll notice that your mood and energy levels fluctuate when you aren’t sufficiently hydrated. Keeping the body hydrated also moistens the lungs for easier breathing, and it helps to decrease food cravings. Drink water, people…it’s good for you. Here are seven tips to help you drink more water.
Set A Daily Goal
One of the most important steps to get yourself to drink more water is to set a daily goal of how much water to drink. The act of setting a goal can help motivate you to guzzle down more water. Aim to drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day.
Drink From A Bigger Container
Away with the mini bottles and get a 32 or 40-ounce reusable bottle! If your goal is to drink 80 ounces of water per day, then you only need to fill up a 40-ounce bottle twice daily, granted you aren’t engaging in physical activity, because your body will require more water during exercise. Not only does a big reusable bottle reduce plastic waste, but it also encourages you to drink more water.
Use Your Phone
People are rarely without their phones these days, so set reminders in the phone or smartwatch to drink water. You can set alarms to take a few sips every 30 minutes, or you can set times when you are supposed to refill your bottle. These reminders are especially helpful for people who simply forget to drink water.
Add Some Flavor
Don’t use powders or flavored liquids to make your water taste like fruit punch or lemonade. Instead, simply cut up fruits or herbs and add them to your water bottle. Fruit infuser water bottles are very inexpensive if you don’t want random fruit pieces floating around your bottle. Great additions to your water include cucumber, mint, lime, lemon, kiwi, strawberry, basil, or watermelon.
Eat Your Water
This is a small hack that can assist you on your quest to remain sufficiently hydrated. Certain fruits and vegetables are extremely high in water, which you absorb after consumption. While these foods aren’t the same as drinking a delicious glass of water, they do help you achieve your hydration goals. Great hydrating foods include spinach, cherries, grapes, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, watermelon, lettuce, and cucumbers.
Hydrate After You Wake Up
Water is probably the best thing to introduce to your body after you wake up in the morning. One 12-ounce glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime is the perfect way to begin the morning. Not only does it encourage you to drink water all day, but it also helps to boost your metabolism and stimulate the digestive system.
Drink One Glass Per Hour At Work
If you live the 9-5 life, spending eight hours of your life in an office every weekday, you can set the goal of drinking one glass of water for each hour that you’re at the office. You’ll end up consuming about 64 or more ounces of water per day, and that’s just at the office. Fill your cup with water the second you get to work and refill it every hour.