7 Easy Ways to Drink More WaterWater, water, everywhere, but you’re not drinking enough of it. These easy tips will change all that.
You know you need to drink more water and how vital it is to your body — from digestion to bone health to the elasticity of your skin. But then another bedtime rolls around and you realize that once again, you haven’t had your RDA of H2O.
Maybe you’re too busy. Maybe you hate the taste of water. Maybe it’s just one more healthy habit you don’t have time for. But how do you make drinking more water easy? Try some of these tips to hydrate yourself into better health.
1. Take it slow.
“How do you eat an elephant?” the old joke asks. The answer: One bite at a time. Instead of thinking, “Ugh, I have to drink all this water
,” try breaking it into manageable chunks. Start by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up. When this habit sticks, drink a glass of water before each meal. Do this until you reach your goal of six to eight glasses of water a day. Done!
2. Put it on your calendar.
Just like any healthy habit, drinking more water can take some reinforcement to make it stick. If your goal is to drink six glasses of water a day, try making six little boxes on your daily planner, and tick off one for each glass you drink. Or create an equivalent strategy depending on the type of scheduling device you use. If you make drinking water as important as any other item on your agenda, you are more likely to stick to it and make it a habit.
3. Keep it visible.
If you forget to down your H2O on the job, or when you’re chasing kids all day, stick it under your nose. Some people keep a pitcher of water near their desks or on the door of the refrigerator at home. Watching it empty throughout the day (and no, not by using it to water your plants) is great reinforcement that you’re drinking enough.
4. Make it taste better.
If you’re accustomed to sweet drinks, you might turn your nose up at a plain glass of tap water. First, if your tap water doesn't taste great, try filtering it. Buying bottled water is another option. Still hate it? Try zesting up your plain beverage with a splash of pure fruit juice or an herbal extract. Or make an excellent lemonade with a squirt of lemon, a bit of stevia, and a few blueberries muddled at the bottom.
5. Coffee and tea count, too.
Have you been told that coffee and tea cause dehydration? Total myth. Of course, mainlining java is probably not the best thing for your body. But add your moderate amount of coffee and tea to your quota of water for the day.
6. Soup is good food…and a good source of water.
No wonder people tell you to eat soup when you’re sick. While you’re at it, up those servings of fruits and veggies. They also have a high water content.
7. Watch the alcohol.
Sorry, that margarita at Happy Hour means you’ll need more water to recover what it costs your body in rehydration.
It may be tough to get into the habit, but regularly drinking enough water will keep all your body’s systems running smoothly.
Still wondering how to make drinking more water easy? Let’s talk about it!
If you’re not a fan of plain water, what do you do to make it more palatable?