Whether you wish to admit it or not, you’re probably not drinking enough water. Consuming plenty of water is an essential piece to add to your every day habits. The cells and organs of your body need water to function properly. Water provides lubrication to your joints, helps your body digest and flush out waste, hydrates your skin, transports nutrients through the blood, and the list goes on and on and on! Ever wonder why you’re tired all the time? Try some being hydrated!
So now that you know why you should be drinking more water, here are some tips to help you do it:
1. DRINK A CUP OF WATER WHEN YOU WAKE UP
Have a glass ready at your bedside. Before sipping on your usual coffee first thing in the morning, chug a full glass of water.
2. SKIP THE COKE
Going to lunch with some friends? Ditch the soda and order water. You should be drinking water with all three meals. Sodas have too much sugar and too many ingredients you can’t even name. If you can’t break your soda addiction, try to choose water with just one meal a day, and take it from there.
3. TRY TEA
No, not sweet tea from Popeye’s. Actual tea leaves. Tea is just about the easiest way to add water to your life, and to add flavor to your water. Tea has an abundant amount of antioxidants and health benefits. You can use convenient tea bags, or buy full-leaf tea and bag it yourself. My favorite is green tea in the mornings with breakfast. I personally drink about 4 cups of tea a day, varying from green, hibiscus, earl grey, and ginger.
4. ADD LEMON OR OTHER FRUITS
Infused water is all the craze right now. Lemon water is particularly my favorite. I squeeze the juice of one entire lemon into a jar and drink that in the mornings. There are a ton of benefits to this. I’ll post about this soon.
5. DRINK BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER EXERCISE
You owe it to your body to consume a great deal of H2O after making to run 3 miles or lift a new PR. You should always refill your water bottle once it’s emptied. Usually I have to fill 2-3 times for an hour-long weight-lifting sesh. Choose water over sports drinks if you’re not running a marathon.
6. FIND A WATER BOTTLE THAT YOU WANT TO USE
There are several stylish reusable water bottles on the shelves these days. Find one that matches your style and fill it up! Carry it to class, to work, to the gym, to your friends, to the bathroom… okay not there, but you get the point. Take it everywhere.
7. KEEP A PITCHER IN THE FRIDGE & EMPTY IT BEFORE YOU SLEEP
Fill a big pitcher with water (don’t cheat yourself on size!), and drink it all before bedtime. Each night refill it and leave it in the fridge overnight to cool.
8. DRINK A GLASS BEFORE BED
A glass of water, or a cup of chamomile tea would work. I usually prefer the latter. You might have to go to the bathroom and relieve yourself in the middle of the night, but I promise you that your body is happy with it!
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Make it a daily habit!
How much should you be drinking? Frankly, the simplest way to tell if you’re drinking enough is to check the toilet after you’ve gone to the bathroom. Use the chart below as a guide.
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