8 Ways to Drink More Water

Everyone knows that water is an important part of taking good care of yourself, due to
the dangers of dehydration, and the many benefits it provides you. However, it is all too
common to not drink enough water during the day, whether because you donít enjoy it, 
you donít think you have the time, or you simply forget.

When you get enough water during the day, it can help with:

  • Improving your skin, hair, and nails
  • Relieving headaches
  • Reducing muscle cramps
  • Helping to flush out your body
  • Improving weight loss efforts
  • Giving you more energy

This report is going to go over some of the different ways you can increase your water
intake daily, as well as how to remind yourself it is time to drink more.

1. Drink Water Before Every Meal

The first tip for drinking more water on a regular basis is simple ñ 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.

2. Make Your Own Infused or Flavored Water

A common problem people have with drinking water isnít that they donít remember to
drink it, but theyíre just not interested in it. This is when you have some other options. 
You donít 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 arenít 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.

3. Choose a Cup You Love to Use

Do you want to encourage yourself to drink more water? Itís all in the cup! If you use
boring water bottles you donít like, then you probably wonít 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 itís 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.

4. Limit Other Drinks You Consume

Another little trick for drinking more water is to reduce all of the other drinks you
consume. This doesnít 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. 

5. Always Track Your Water Intake

This isnít 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.

6. 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 youíre 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

7. 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 ñ 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.

8. 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 before every meal, snack, and other beverage
  • Drink a glass of water when you wake up
  • Drink water before or after your workouts
  • Drink a glass of water after every trip to the bathroom
  • Drink a glass of water 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 on your way to increasing your water intake and benefiting
from it.