Learn how to increase your water intake today for healthier and hydrated you. I know many of you are out here walking around dehydrated thinking you’re getting enough water. Then, there are some of you that don’t like drinking water so much. Despite what you think or how you feel, the fact is you still may need to increase your water intake. The human body is roughly 60% water, it only makes sense to take in a good amount of water daily.
Benefits of drinking water
Water is one of the best fluids that you can drink throughout the day. It provides a wealth of health benefits that will help your body to function optimally, such as the following:
Aid in weight loss
Help maximize performance
Maintain brain function
May relieve constipation
May prevent and treat headaches
Protect the spinal cord
Lubricate and cushion joint
Help remove waste
Signs you need to increase your water intake
Your body will let you know when it needs water, you just have to learn how to recognize those signs. Below you’ll find those signs to look out for:
Dry lips, eye, and/or mouth
Dark urine color
Feel light headed or dizzy
Urinating less than usual
Sweating less than usual
How to increase your water intake
Eat or Drink Food High in Water Content
There are plenty of foods out there with a high water content such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, oranges, spinach(1). You can also make a smoothie with fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot of people add ice to theirs, which ice is nothing but frozen water. Invest in a good blender, I personally recommend a Nutribullet, Ninja, or a Vitamix; all are great products. Finally, you can always juice your fruits and vegetables. If you’re looking for a juicer, get yourself a cold press juicer to preserve the nutrients. Omega and Breville have some awesome cold press juicers.
Set a Timer
We all have cell phones with a clock/alarm setting. You can set a timer or alarm to go off every so often to drink water. Think of a time when you don’t have your phone near you. Many of us use our phones as alarm clocks, to do work on, and so forth. Use it as an accountability tool.
Make it Easily Accessible
Keep a bottle of water with you at all times when feasible or station water pitchers in places you frequent. Place one upstairs and downstairs in your home this way water is always close by. If you’re at work, make a request for a water dispenser to be placed in the common area. Keeping water easily accessible to you is a great way to increase your water intake.
Flavor your water with actual fruit. You can use lemons, lime, berries, and more. There are even water bottles and pitchers that have infusers built in them to place the fruit in. If that’s too much, you can always add powders from companies such as Garden of Life, Organic Muscle, or Peak Performance. What I usually do is mix fruit juice into my water making half water and half juice or 3/4th water and ¼ juice. I like to get my juice from Lakewood and R.K. Knudsen when I can. They have great quality and pure ingredients. Another option is to drink tea, there are a plethora of options to choose from.
I know some people like the slight burning and prickly sensation of carbonated water. This another way to increase your water intake. I recommend investing in a Sparkling Water Maker if you love carbonated beverages, it’s definitely worthwhile. My wife loves the Sodastream I bought her. Just be mindful not to have any sugar mixed in with the carbonated water, damage to your teeth enamel can occur such as tooth decay (2). A combination of acid and sugar on your teeth is not what you want on your teeth on a consistent basis.
Buy Yourself a Bottle
Invest in a quality water bottle. The act of buying a water bottle itself may be an incentive for you to use it since you invested money into it. There are even motivation water bottles that have sayings on the bottle to motivate you and give you set times you should drinking water. I personally drink out of Stanley Thermos because it tough and won’t break if I drop it and I can keep liquids hot or cold for hours. It was one of the best investments I ever made, I’ve had it for years.
Download an App
If you like technology or using your phone in particular, go ahead and download an app. There are several apps to help increase your water intake such as Daily Water Tracker Reminder or Aqualert: Water Tracker Daily which are both free on Android and iPhones with in-app purchases. There are plenty more to choose from, just check your app store.
In conclusion, that is how you increase your water intake folks. So now, you know signs of when to increase your water intake and how, as well the many benefits you can reap from drinking to help motivate you. Think about it, water makes up most of the earth’s surface and our bodies, it has to be important by design. Time to drink up and get hydrated.
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