January 4, 2021
Drinking water is good for our overall health, but making sure to drink enough water every day can be a struggle. Though we’re familiar with the “8 cups a day” rule, recommendations for daily water intake varies from person to person. Drinking enough water prevents dehydration, a very common condition which can cause unclear thinking, irregular moods, heightened body temperature, kidney stones and more. By hydrating the body, you’re hydrating the skin, promoting healthy brain functioning, regulating the body’s temperature and more.
These 10 easy tricks will have you drinking more water daily and staying ultra-hydrated in 2021!
One of the biggest complaints about water is the lack of flavor, but water doesn’t have to be bland! Have fun and experiment by adding herbs, freshly-squeezed fruit or veggie slices to your glass or pitcher for a more tantalizing drink!
Sparkling water is a great substitute for sugary soda drinks—especially when you’re in the mood for carbonation. Fizzy and often flavored, sparkling water is rising in popularity, now more readily available in vending machines, corner stores, office spaces, etc. than ever before.
This is a must—buy a marked bottle and bring it with you everywhere! A bottle with ounces or phrases labeled on the side allows you to see where you are in reaching your daily intake goal while doubling as a motivational tool.
Since the calculation of daily fluid intake includes water consumed through food, introducing water-rich foods into your diet is a crafty way of consuming more water each day. Fruits and veggies like cucumber, celery, zucchini and watermelon are high in water content, require little to no prep and, bonus, they’re guilt-free snacks!
Instead of setting one big goal for the day, break it down into smaller, more achievable goals. For instance, rather than aiming to drink eight or ten glasses a day, aim to drink two glasses by 10am, four glasses by lunch, six by 3pm and so on. Smaller goals are less intimidating, making us more inclined to stay on track and reach each milestone.
If you’re in the habit of drinking a few cups of coffee at work or on the go, start finishing off each cup with a glass of water. This as an easy way to increase intake by pairing it with a pre-existing habit.
Start training yourself to have a glass of water prior to every bathroom break. Rather than doing it afterward (you’re more likely to forget when you get back to what you were doing), treat your bathroom break like a reward!
No matter if you’re eating at home, at a restaurant or at the office, make it a point to drink a glass of water before taking the first bite of any meal. Not only will this small step help you in reaching your daily goal, over time, this “rule” will become second nature—a healthy habit that requires minimal effort.
Get up and replenish your glass as soon as you finish it. This tactic makes sure you’ve always got a supply of water by your side while simultaneously eliminating any excuse to not have a sip later.
If you can’t keep track of your intake, how will you know if you’re meeting your goal? Nowadays, there are apps to help track your water consumption from your devices. From reminding you when it’s time to sip to alerting you if you’re falling behind on your goal, if you’re struggling to keep track, do a little research into the different applications and their features to find the best fit for you!