It’s summer and it’s hot. Everyone knows that water is an important part of taking good care of yourself. However, it is all too common to not drink enough water during the day, either because you don’t enjoy it, you don’t think you have the time, or you simply forget. Water is essential for your body to function properly.
When you get enough water during the day, it can help with:
- Improving your skin, hair, and nails
- Relieving headaches
- Reducing muscle cramps
- Helping to flush out your body
- Improving weight loss efforts
- Giving you more energy
This report is going to go over some of the different ways you can increase your water intake daily, as well as how to remind yourself it is time to drink more.
1. Drink Water Before Every Meal
The first tip for drinking more water on a regular basis is simple-just have a full glass of water before each meal and snack you consume. This includes before your morning cup of coffee. This is one of those simple reminders that allows you to drink more water, without really having to think about it too much. Train your mind to know that if you are going to put anything into your body, whether it is your breakfast or a late-night treat, you have to drink 8 ounces of water first.
This provides multiple benefits. First, it reminds you to drink another glass of water. It is going to help your food digest better. Plus, it prevents you from overeating since the water helps to fill you up a little. It is not uncommon to think you are hungry, when in fact you are simply thirsty. If you are no longer hungry after the full glass of water, wait a bit before eating.
You should also try to drink a glass of water before or after every other beverage you consume. Think you will have trouble remembering to drink your water? You could try a water alarm bottle. It will sound an alarm reminding you to drink your water. I personally just carry a stainless steel water bottle around with me with filtered water from my refrigerator.
2. Make Your Own Infused or Flavored Water
A common problem people have with drinking water isn’t that they don’t remember to drink it, but they are just not interested in it. I don’t know how many people I hear say that they just don’t like water. You do have some other options. You don’t necessarily have to drink just plain filtered or tap water all day, every day. There are many ways to add flavor to your water and make it more interesting without piling on the sugar, calories and carbs.
If you are short on time and just want a super quick way to add flavor to your water, go with lemon water. All you need to do is add a few lemon wedges into your water, squeezing in the juice first, then putting the wedges in it. Lemons have a lot of tart juice, so this will flavor your water quickly and easily. You can also try a mixture of lemon and lime, or use other juicy fruits like grapefruit. You can also add pure, essential oils labeled for human consumption.
When you are willing to spend more time on your water, you can use other fruits, vegetables and even herbs to flavor your water. This is called infused water, since it is a longer infusing process. You aren’t just flavoring your water with these ingredients, but adding more nutrients from the produce and herbs.
To make infused water, you should have a glass pitcher and access to filtered water. Prepare your fruits, veggies and herbs. Berries should be sliced so you can access the juice inside. Fruits with hard skin should be peeled first. Veggies should also be peeled and chopped. Muddle your herbs to release the oils and flavors.
Add the ingredients to the bottom of the pitcher, cover with ice, then add your water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can before drinking it. This really allows the flavors and nutrients to come through. Don’t want to go to that much trouble? Try a fruit infuser water bottle. Just add your fruit, herbs and veggies of your choice to the chamber and allow it to diffuse your water.
3. Choose a Cup you Love
Do you want to encourage yourself to drink more water? It can be all in the cup! If you use boring water bottles you don’t like, then you probably won’t drink as much water as you should. A good way to have fun with your water and remember to bring the bottle everywhere with you is to choose a water bottle that works best for you.
This might mean the overall look and color of it, or the ease of holding onto it while walking. there are so many details in a water bottle that determine if it’s a good fit or not. For example, if you drive a lot, you want it to fit in your cup holder. On the other hand, if you bike for exercise, you many want it to have a tight lid, but one that is easy to pop off when drinking while riding.
Try a few different ones until you feel like you have found the one that is perfect for you. I switch back and forth between a few. This is my current favorite.
A friend gave it to me and it did say “Just Breathe”. I love yoga, so it’s perfect for me. And it holds about 20 ounces so I don’t have to refill it as often.
These are my tips for today to drink more water. Tell me what you think or if you have any questions.
Talk to you soon,
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