One of the things I have struggled with forever is drinking enough water. Water is the only thing I drink really so you would think it would be easy, but it’s not. I forget to drink throughout the day and then I am super thirsty at night. I need to not only drink more, but all throughout the day.
Not drinking enough water has been linked to all sorts of health issues including dehydration, kidney problems, achy joints, exhaustion, dry & aged skin, constipation, and stomach problems.
Here are some of the things I have done to help myself drink more water. And if you have any tips that have worked for you, let me know in the comments! I need all the help I can get :)
Do it With Someone
Wrangle someone into setting water drinking goals with you and help each other out. Text reminders to each other to help keep each other accountable.
Grab a Water Bottle…. Or Three
Either carry a water bottle around with you or (if you are like me and forget to grab it as you go) set a few around in the different areas you spend the most time. I put one by my computer, one in the kitchen, and one in the living room. Shane has one by his desk and another in the car. When he gets home we have some by the couch for when we read or watch TV.
Whether it is on your computer or phone or another device, set reminders to go off throughout the day. My phone is my brain :) I am sure there are also apps out there that can help you keep track of your water intake. There’s an app for everything!
Drink when you are hungry
Drink a glass of water every time you eat. I know this sounds like a no brainer, but I always just grab things and eat quickly and forgo a drink most of the time. Also, when you get the afternoon munchies, drink water first. Your body may just be telling you that you need more water, not more food. Sometimes those signals get messed up. If you drink before you snack and eat meals, it may also lessen how much you eat which if you are trying to lose weight, can be a good thing!
Add some flavor
Even though I love the taste of cold water, sometimes I want to change it up a bit. I sometimes add lemon essential oils to my water. I also sometimes add fruit. My kids especially love the flavored water drops you squeeze in your water. There are also Crystal Light packs for individual water bottles too. How ever you do it, adding flavor can make drinking water not so blah.
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