We all know how important it is to drink water. We hear it as the cure to all sorts of ailments: Dry skin? Drink more water! Felling tired? Down a glass of H2O! Headache? Well you get the gist, Our bodies require a at least 8-10 cups of water each day to function at their peak, but most people are not even getting half that. Staying hydrated not only maintains and regulates important systems in our bodies, it also helps energize your muscles and keeps skin looking fresh and youthful. For many of us, drinking enough water can be a daily challenge. Here are the best tips that will help you develop a healthy habit of drinking lots of water every day.
If you don’t like the taste of water, then try adding your own flavor. Enhance the flavor with slices of cucumber, lemon, limes, or strawberries. Try a little ginger and herbs to switch things up. You’ll get the extra flavor without the sugar you’d find in fruit juices or other sport drinks.
Use Your Phone
Track your water intake with the help of a free app like MyFitnessPal, or use your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.
Eat Water-Rich Foods
Sneak in extra hydration by adding fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your diet. Fruits and veggies with the highest water content include cucumber (96% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
Drink Up Before Meals
Consider water your appetizer. Having a cup of water when you feel hungry will not only help you hit your water intake goals, but also help curb your appetite and help eat a little less.
Take It To Go
Invest in a water bottle you will actually use and carry around. Glass and stainless steel are the best options, as they won’t leach chemicals into the liquid contents. Make sure it’s a water bottle that fits your personality and lifestyle. Use a bottle you love, and you will be more inclined to drink from it throughout the day.
Drinking more water can literally change your life for the better. If your follow these tips to stay hydrated and you will be healthier, happier, and more likely to take on another positive habit-forming challenge!