I’ve always known that proper hydration is essential to good health. That I had to drink more water. Yet never drank even close to enough. I spent years wondering why it was so difficult for me to do something so simple! Once, I even bought a neon pink 2L water bottle that I would heave with me everywhere.
That did not work. Nothing worked. I ALWAYS forgot.
My family has nagged me for over a decade about my dismal water intake. They insisted that I would see significant health improvements if I drank enough water.
Turns out * ahem * they were kind of completely right. But let’s not give them the opportunity to gloat.
One afternoon my husband came home with a bottle of water infused with various fruits, veggies and herbs. Because the bottle was so pretty and water so tasty, I was able to drink the whole bottle at once without wanting to vomit. I asked him to bring more and drank the water every day.
Without realizing it, I had upped my intake of water to well over 2L a day. Fast forward a couple weeks.
My stomach started shrinking…
The numbers on the scale declined a little…
Migraines became less frequent…
Sigh, family was totally on the dot with this one.
Let’s move on from that shall we?
Here are 5 tips that helped me drink more water:
- Give your Water Some Flavour
This by far made the biggest difference.
Pure fresh water is ideal, but SOOO boring (to me at least). Procrastination sets in and I never drink more than 2 cups a day. If adding natural flavor to my water will help me drink 6 extra cups, I call that a win.
Drop some fruit pieces, veggie slices or herbs into your water. Strawberry, lemon, cucumber, ginger, mint, basil and sage are all refreshing and delicious.
- Drink from a Pretty Container you Love
It will inspire you to take a few sips every time you look at it.
- Keep 2L of Water at your Workstation (aka in Plain Sight).
This could be your desk or your kitchen counter. It could be in multiple 250ml bottles, or a giant 2L container. Experiment with what works better for you.
Whatever your preference, drinking up is much easier to remember when the water is in sight. I also find it helpful to keep a bottle of water in places I go often such as my car, kitchen, desk and bedroom
- Eat Water-Rich Foods
- Cucumber and lettuce (96%)
- Tomatoes (94%)
- Watermelon, strawberries, spinach, cauliflower, broth soups (92%)
- Cantaloupe, broccoli (90%)
- Oranges, carrots, grapefruit, beets, plain yogurt (88%)
- Pineapple (87%)
- Cottage cheese (80%)
Try making smoothies or juicing with some of these foods if you prefer.
- Drink Before you Eat
When you find yourself reaching into the fridge or pantry, drink water first. We often think we are hungry when we are actually dehydrated.
*Bonus benefit: You will eat fewer calories if you are indeed still hungry and choose to eat something.
These 5 things have helped me immensely and have helped me learn just how vital adequate water intake is for good health.
One thing I always try to do though, is use reusable, or glass bottles. Because improving my health should not mean harming nature and the environment.
Happy hydration friends!
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