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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?

 

How I Lost 15lbs FAST Without Going to the Gym or Crazy Diets

 

Here are 5 tips that helped me drink more water:

  1. orange-thyme-flavored-water-drink-more-waterGive 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.

  1. Drink from a Pretty Container you Love

It will inspire you to take a few sips every time you look at it.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

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  1. 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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