5 Easy Ways To Get More Water Into Your Diet
Honesty time! How much water do you drink each day? Does the majority of it come in the form of coffee? You know that you need to drink more of it, but for some reason, you just can’t get the hang of it. Some people just can’t stand the taste of it, while others just enjoy the taste of other options too much. You probably don’t realize just how dangerous it is to experience dehydration – headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, constipation, and even difficulty focusing. Of course, severe dehydration can cause your organs to shut down.
For a long time, the accepted recommendation was to enjoy eight, eight-ounce glasses of water each day. That seems like a lot, but it’s not quite accurate. At least, not for everyone. According to the Mayo Clinic, women need 11.5 cups and men need 15.5 cups. Again, it will depend on the environment, your activity level, and your overall health (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256). So, how can you make sure that you are enjoying the right amount of water? Here are 5 easy ways to do so!
1. A Flavor Punch
If you struggle to drink enough water because you don’t love how it tastes, then add a bit of flavor to your water bottle. The healthiest option would be to toss in some cucumber and mint, but you can also infuse yours with fruit. Just be sure to choose fruits that are lower in sugar, lemon and grapefruit are delicious options. You can also use vegetables like celery and ginger. If you don’t prefer mint, you can experiment with basil or even lavender. It gets tastier the longer you allow it to steep. So, you may want to make a large batch that you draw from. You can also create different flavor combinations. This is a great way to get your kids to drink more water, too.
2. After Each Bathroom Break
You’re already up and away from your desk or activity so, isn’t this the perfect time to swing by the sink and enjoy a glass of water? It’s a clever way to build a habit that will be part of your routine. It works whether you’re at work or at home. It’s also wise to keep a bottle of water handy so you don’t always have to get up and go for a refill. Plus, the more drink the more you visit the bathroom, which means you drink even more water… which makes it simple to get your water intake up.
3. There’s An App For That
This will add a bit of excitement to the process – there are plenty of apps available that will help you track how much you’re drinking. They will also remind you to drink more.
As soon as you finish your bottle (or glass) of water, make sure that you fill it right back up. You can’t drink more water if you’re sitting with an empty receptacle. Make this your rule – never sit with an empty drinking vessel for more than a minute.
5. While You Were Brewing
Office workers spend quite a bit of time waiting for the coffee to finish brewing. Why not turn this into an opportunity? You can do this at home, too. While you’re waiting, fill up a glass of water and enjoy.
Of course, you can also increase your intake of fruits and vegetables that are made up of mostly water. Watermelon, celery, lettuce, cucumber, and cantaloupe are excellent options. Try to incorporate these food options into each meal that you sit down to and work them into your snacks, as well. That’s it, it really is as easy as that to ensure you drink more water.