5 Easy Tricks to Help You Drink More Water
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Most people know that they are supposed to drink water, but up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a chronic state of dehydration, according to new research. (link)
Yep. Most of us know we should be drinking more water, but we don't do it.
Why is that? Why do you resist doing one of the easiest and most important things you can do to benefit your health?
Maybe it's busyness or forgetfulness. Or maybe you just don't like the taste of water.
Whatever the reason, if you know you should be drinking more and need some motivation, keep reading.
I've got some good ideas to help get you in the habit of drinking more.
How much water do you need?
That is the question, isn't it?
And the answer isn't that cut and dried. A lot depends on your individual makeup and your circumstances.
Obviously if you're bigger or if you work in hot weather, you're going to need more water than others do.
As a general rule, according to the Mayo Clinic, men should drink about 13 cups and women about 9 cups per day.
But, that's the total amount of fluid you should have each day, and there are other fluids besides plain H2O. Other beverages and foods contain water, and that counts, too.
That's good news for water haters.
However, we all know that doesn't mean it's okay to get all our fluids from coffee, soft drinks, and beer.
For our health's sake, most of that fluid intake should be plain old water. Not nearly as fun, but staying healthy is the important thing.
So, how can you get yourself to drink more water when you really don't like it that much?
You just might have to trick yourself into doing it.
Drink More Water: 5 Easy Tricks
1. Flavor it with fruit
If you get tired of drinking plain water, you can add something to make it more interesting without adding a lot of calories.
Just a squeeze of lemon juice can make a world of difference.
Or you can get creative and try infusing a container of water with different combinations of fruits and/or herbs.
Try it. You'll like it!
2. Use an app
I'll bet there's an app for that!
Of course there is! Isn't there an app for everything these days?
Sometimes all you need is a reminder.
If you like using apps, check out Water Time Pro. It's a simple to use water drinking reminder and tracker. And it's free!
3. Get a filter
Maybe you don't drink much water because it just plain tastes awful.
There's an easy solution to that.
Get yourself a water filter.
Bad tastes in the water are caused by metals, chemicals, and other contaminants that get into your water. They might not be harmful, but they can ruin your desire to ever drink water again.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a filter, but you do get what you pay for. At any rate, in the long run, it's a lot cheaper than buying bottled water.
So do it. Because no one wants to drink water that tastes like bleach or smells like fish!
4. Develop a routine
If you want to make drinking more water a habit, you'll need to come up with a way to do it consistently.
Think about ways that you can make drinking water part of your daily routine.
For example, take a drink first thing when you wake up in the morning. Maybe pour a glass of water before bed, and keep it on your nightstand. Don't get out of bed until you down the whole thing.
Or drink a cup before, during or after every meal. That's 3 cups out of the way right there.
Let your creative juices flow and come up with your own ways to work more water into your day. Pretty soon those daily habits will become a natural part of your life and you won't even have to think about it anymore.
5. Drink from a motivational bottle
Maybe a new water bottle will get you drinking more.
There are a zillion colors and styles to pick from.
You can even get them with inspirational quotes and with goals and time marks on them.
Like this one I found at Amazon: (click on the image to check availability and price)
Or make your own using a plain water bottle or empty plastic jug. Whatever floats your boat and gets you to drink more!
Drinking more water is important, and it's not rocket science. Anybody can do it.
You can do it.
Just pick one or two ideas from this list and get started today. Your body will thank you!