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How to drink more water

by Jasmine McNenny on Feb 01, 2015

What better way to start out the New Year than with a new healthy habit?

Drinking the right amount of water is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. Water is essential to the body and not getting enough of it can cause numerous problems like headaches, dry skin, trouble with digestion, and in more severe cases, the shutting down of the brain, vital organs, and one’s entire immune system. Drinking enough water, on the other hand, can help you lose weight by feeling less hungry, keep your brain function in top condition, and give your skin a dewy glow.

In conclusion, drinking water is nearly as important as breathing. But for some reason or another, it can be difficult to do (at least in a suitable amount).

So, for helpful reference, here are some tips (in no particular order) on how to drink more water:

  1. Buy a cool water bottle

It’s okay to give into to superficial tendencies if they are going to get results.Ditching the cheap, reusable canteen you got for free at a leadership conference for a durable, plastic bottle in your favorite color can help to ensure that you actually carry the thing around with you.

  1. Get a filtering pitcher that works

Drinking tap instead of bottled water is easier, cheaper, and more environmentally-friendly so if you don’t feel comfortable drinking straight from the tap, get yourself a decent filter and use it!

  1. Flavor it!

Sometimes the thing that turns people off from water is that there are just so many other tastier things to drink.If this is your opinion, try flavoring your water with fresh ingredients like fruits and herbs.Every so often change up the flavors to keep things interesting and look up recipes for unique combinations.

  1. Drink other kinds of beverages

Though plain water is the cheapest and generally the healthiest way to go, drinking other beverages can still keep you hydrated throughout the day. Drinking something is better than drinking nothing.

  1. Keep it near by

It’s surprisingly easy how much convenience plays into our habits.By keeping a water bottle constantly within arm’s reach, you may find yourself reaching for it naturally whether you feel thirsty or not.

  1. Add it to juice

Who doesn’t love a compromise?Most juices, even 100% juices, are very sweet and strong in flavor so next time try cutting your daily glass with half water.It’s the fastest way to flavor water and it will make your juice last twice as long!

  1. Eat it!

Yes, typically you drink water, but many fruits and vegetables have a decent amount of water in them.Adding a juicy apple to your lunch or pairing dinner with a nice, fresh salad is a good way of getting in a little extra water without even realizing it.

  1. Know the difference between hunger and thirst

This may not be as easy as it sounds.For one thing, if you feel thirsty, your body is already experiencing mild dehydration so you can’t wait to drink water until you feel thirsty.When it comes to hunger and thirsthowever, they can feel the same initially so when you’re thinking that you may be hungry, drink a glass of water first and see how you feel.

  1. Snack on something salty/spicy

When it doubt, use your body to your advantage.When you eat foods that are high in salt or spice, you naturally crave water.Easy as that.

  1. Make it fun

Designing a little game for yourself or getting other people involved can be very helpful for establishing a new habit.Set goals and reward yourself for completing them.Get your friends to join you in a little competition for consistently drinking water.Download an app for your phone with pop-up reminders, checklists, and a tracking guide to help you stay on point.It doesn’t have to always make sense, it just has to be fun.