While everyone knows that it’s important to drink an adequate amount of water each day, doing so can actually be quite difficult.
But water is necessary for good health. According to the Mayo Clinic, our bodies are comprised of mostly water. Water plays many important roles in your body function, including maintaining electrolyte balance, regulating blood pressure, helping your body maintain a normal temperature, lubricating joints, and flushing out waste.
Since my husband and I have made the decision to try and improve our health, that includes making sure that we consume an adequate amount of water each day. Well, that’s a lot easier said than done.
Most days it’s near bedtime when I realize I have only had two, maybe three glasses of water for the day.
So how have I increased my water intake? I incorporate these simple tips to make sure that I get a sufficient amount of water each day.
How To Drink More Water
Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
I start my morning with water. I drink a full glass of water every morning before I have my coffee.
Try drinking a glass of water after waking each morning. If you prefer tea over coffee, have a cup of tea with lemon as your morning beverage.
Carry a water bottle.
I keep a couple of water bottles in the fridge and one on my desk. As I finish one, I simply go to the fridge and grab another. If I have to go out for the day, I make sure that I take a water bottle along with me.
Add flavor with fruit.
Sometimes plain water can be a bit boring. I like to infuse my water with fresh fruit to give it a splash of flavor.
Consume foods high in water content.
Drinking water isn’t the only way to increase water intake. Add foods that are high in water content to your daily diet. Some examples of fruits and veggies with a high water content are: watermelon, cucumbers, spinach, green peppers, celery, and tomatoes.
Track your water intake with a Hydration App.
A great way to remember to drink water is by utilizing an app like Water Minder or Aqua Alert. Simply set a reminder in the app and you’ll receive an alert when it’s time to drink more water.
Order water instead of soda when eating out.
When you eat out, opt for water as your beverage instead of tea or soda. It’s actually much better for you.
Dilute your juices.
I have always practiced this with my son (I’m sure most mom’s have), and now I add a half cup of water to my fruit juice to help increase my water intake.