8 Ways to Drink More Water

8 Ways to Drink More Water.

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  1. Drink Water Before Every Meal

The first tip for drinking more water on a regular basis is simple – just have a full glass of water before each meal and snack you consume, including before your morning cup of coffee. This is one of those simple reminders that allows you to drink more water, without really having to think too much about it. Train your mind to know that if you are going to put anything into your body, whether it is your breakfast or a late-night treat, you have to drink 8 ounces of water first.

This provides multiple benefits. First, it, of course, reminds you to drink another glass of water. It is also going to help your food digest a little better. Plus, it prevents you from overeating since the water helps to fill you up a little. It is not uncommon to think you are hungry, when in fact you are thirsty. If you are no longer hungry after the full glass of water, wait a bit before eating.

You should also try to drink a glass of water before or after every other beverage you consume. If you want a can of soda with lunch, force yourself to drink the same amount of water as well.

 

  1. Make Your Own Infused or Flavored Water

A common problem people have with drinking water isn’t that they don’t remember to drink it, but they’re just not interested in it. This is when you have some other options. You don’t necessarily have to drink just plain filtered or tap water all day, every day. There are many ways to add flavor to your water and make it more interesting, without piling on the sugar and calories.

The Simple Method

If you are short on time and just want a super quick way to add flavor to your water, go with the lemon water. All you need to do is add a few lemon wedges into your water, squeezing in the juice first, then putting the wedges in it. Lemons have a lot of tart juice, so this will flavor your water quickly and easily. You can also try a mixture of lemon and lime, or use other juicy fruits like grapefruit.

Fruit or Vegetable Infused Water

When you are willing to spend more time on your water, you can use other fruits, vegetables, and even herbs to flavor this water. This is called infused water since it is a longer infusing process. You aren’t just flavoring your water with these ingredients, but adding more nutrients from the produce and herbs.

To make infused water, you should have a glass pitcher and access to filtered water preferably. Prepare your fruits, veggies, and herbs depending on what they are. Berries should be sliced so you can access the juice inside, fruits with hard skin should be peeled first. Veggies should also be peeled and chopped. Muddle your herbs to release the oils and flavors.

Add the ingredients to the bottom of the pitcher, cover with ice, then add your water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can before drinking it, which really allows those flavors and nutrients to come through.

 

  1. Choose a Cup You Love to Use

Do you want to encourage yourself to drink more water? It’s all in the cup! If you use boring water bottles you don’t like, then you probably won’t drink as much water as you should. A good way to have fun with your water and remember to bring the bottle everywhere with you is to choose a water bottle that works best for you.

This might mean the overall look and color of it, or the ease of holding onto it while walking. There are so many small details in a water bottle that determine if it’s a good fit or not. For example, if you drive a lot, you want it to fit perfectly in your cup holder. On the other hand, if you bike for exercise, you may want it to have a tight lid, but one that is easy to pop off when drinking while riding.

Try out a few different cups until you feel like you have found the one that is perfect for you.

 

  1. Limit Other Drinks You Consume

Another little trick for drinking more water is to reduce all of the other drinks you consume. This doesn’t mean drinking water 100 percent of the time and never having a cup of juice or soda again. But, it does help to reduce them, so that when you are thirsty, you go for water instead. This eventually increases your water intake simply because you are going for water when you feel a thirst, and not other beverages.

 

  1. Always Track Your Water Intake

This isn’t something you need to do every day for the rest of your life, but for now, it might be hard to determine how much water to drink and if you have even reached your goal for the day. Start by figuring out a good way to track your water. This can be an app on your phone, a notepad, a planner you keep in your purse, or a program on your computer.

Start by tracking your water for a few days before trying to increase how much you drink. This lets you know how much you are currently drinking on an average day. If it is less than 8-10 glasses of water (8 ounces each) a day, you need to start increasing it. Once you are tracking daily, it helps you know how and when to drink a little more throughout the day.

 

  1. Enjoy Fruits & Veggies with High Water Content

If you find that you simply can’t drink enough water, then eat your water instead! You should still try to drink as much as you can, but this is good for the days when you’re a little below your water intake goal. There are fruits and veggies that have a high water content, therefore helping to hydrate you. These include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Pineapple
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Watermelon

 

  1. Dilute Your Juice When You Have it

During those times when you really want a glass of juice instead of water, you can dilute it so increase your water content a bit. Just think about it – if you have a 12-ounce glass, and you dilute it with water just by 25 percent, that cup of yummy, fruity juice has also added 4 ounces of water. It is a super easy way to add to your water intake for the day. This is also going to reduce your calories, carbs, and sugar.

 

  1. Try These Water Drinking Reminders

If you enjoy water, but you often forget to drink more of it, these little reminders can be helpful for you.

 

Drink water…

  1. before every meal, snack, and other beverage.
  2. when you wake up.
  3. before and after your workouts.
  4. after every trip to the bathroom.
  5. every time you enter your office or your home.

As long as you keep these reminders in the back of your mind, and follow the other tips mentioned, you should be well on your way to increasing your water intake.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Natural Health Specialist, CBD Entrepreneur, and Life Skills Counselor.

Dr. Ho offers 30 years of experience and holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

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27 thoughts on “8 Ways to Drink More Water”

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  2. Love your idea about drinking a glass of water before you eat … to drink more & even better, eat less. Put down my spoon & finished my water before I picked the spoon up, year!

  3. We have spent the entire summer reminding our littles of the importance of drinking water. We can tell when they have not through behaviors and ailments. This is a great post, and one I will gladly share with my Mrs! Thank you, Doc! #dreamteam xoxo

  4. Water is definitely my main drink throughout the day, but I do also love fresh ginger tea. I make it each morning in my little Japanese teapot and let it steep while I get ready for work. Then I pour it into my stainless steel drink bottle and head off for the day. I even enjoy it cold during the warmer months.
    Drinking water before a meal can be problematic for some, as we do need our stomach acid to assist digestion and for many people a drink of water would provide far too much dilution. I prefer to drink in between meals and definitely not before a meal.

  5. Great tips! I have made a commitment to drink water with my meals. I do need to cut back on my soda intake. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  6. Great ideas. I like the suggestion to pick a cup you like. It probably seems silly, but it really makes a difference! Infused water is my favorite. I especially like frozen raspberries that act as ice and then thaw to flavor the water. For me, getting infused water in a great cup first thing in the morning helps me remember to refill the cup (and drink more) later in the day.

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  8. Very useful suggestions, Elise! Infused water has really helped me with my water intake. It’s especially helpful for people who dislike the taste of plain water. Pinning and tweeting this! Greetings from the Inspire Me Monday linky!

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