Cardia is a Barbadian University student who loves writing and helping others. Her topics include college experiences, DIY, and hair care.
We all know that water is important. Our bodies are made up of roughly 70% water, so we can't help but need the stuff. However, due to hectic schedules and busy lives, sometimes we may not get the daily amount of H2O that our bodies need. This can lead to dehydration, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and an overall feeling of tiredness.
So, how can we get ourselves to drink more water exactly? Not to worry - there are some easy ways to sneak more water into our diets.
Here's a list of some of the potential benefits of regular water intake.
Some Benefits of Drinking More Water
- Healthier hair
- Weight loss and control
- Faster metabolism
- More energy and less fatigue
- Flushing out toxins from the body
- Boost in your immunity system
- Regulation in body temperatures
- More concentration
Feeling inspired to increase your H2O intake? Check out the helpful tips in this article and start your healthy journey today!
1. Start Each Morning With a Glass of Water
Start your day off on the right foot with some water along with your morning coffee or tea. Adding water into your daily routine will help you feel brighter and more refreshed in the mornings, and give your metabolism the kick-start that it needs.
You can create a visual reminder by leaving a glass on your bedside table where you see it every morning when you wake up.
2. Invest in a Pretty Bottle or Glass
Fact: having an attractive water bottle or container will definitely encourage you to use it more throughout the day.
You can even buy a cool straw to sip your fluids. Most are plastic, but you can get more eco-friendly versions made from bamboo and stainless steel.
3. Add Some Flavour to Your Water!
Infused water is all the rage right now, and with good reason - you get the benefits of drinking water, plus the nutrients and taste of the fruits inside it.
The possibilities are endless - simply cut up some fruit and add it to your water bottle, and leave it overnight, preferably in your fridge. Feel free to experiment - try lemons, strawberries, blueberries, ginger - even cucumber! You can even add in fresh mint leaves for a more herbal taste. Be sure to check online for more ideas.
There are special water bottles and pitchers that have an exclusive compartment for keeping the fruit in. These are great as the fruit can be reused multiple times.
4. Get an App!
There are some great apps out there that help you not only track your water intake, but also remind you occasionally to drink throughout the day. Plant Nanny (available for both iOS and Android) is a fun, interactive app that lets you record how much you drink per day by watering a little plant. Watch the plant grow and flower with every glass that you drink, and win little prizes and upgrades along the way!
5. Or Set an Alarm
Set a timer on your phone to remind you to occasionally drink some water at different intervals throughout the day.
6. Drink a Glass Before Every Meal
This tip is great especially for those who are trying to lose weight. Drinking water before a meal automatically curbs your appetite, making you feel full, and therefore you eat less.
Sometimes, we can confuse thirst for hunger. So the next time you think you're hungry but you're not sure, drink a glass of water and wait for about twenty minutes. If you still feel hungry after, you do actually need to eat.
7. Try "Eating" Your Water
A clever way to get more water into your diet is to eat fruits and veggies that are mostly comprised of water - think watermelon, cucumbers, celery and grapefruits. Try incorporating these foods more into your meals, salads, or even have them as a snack!
8. Always Keep Some Water Nearby
Take a bottle with you while running errands. Keep a bottle on your desk nearby when at work. Put a glass of water on your nightstand by your bed.
Always having water nearby will make it become a part of your routine, and you'll actually begin to miss having water when it's not readily available.
9. Make It a Group Effort
Encourage your friends to join you - make bets about how many glasses of water to drink each day, and set challenges and goals together. The group effort to stay hydrated will keep you all motivated to keep drinking ... water, that is!
10. Alternate Water With Other Drinks
A general rule of thumb when drinking alcohol is that one should alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Alcohol can dehydrate you, especially when drunk in excess, which often results in that terrible hangover the next morning.
So by using the one-on-one rule, you'll end up going to the bathroom a bit more often than usual, but you definitely won't feel the effects as badly the next day.
11. Or Eat Some Spicy Food!
A surefire way to trick yourself into drinking more water is by eating hot or spicy foods.So feel free to add that extra pepper sauce - you'll be reaching for a glass of water in no time!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2018 Cardia
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 08, 2018:
Hi, Cardia -- I offer you my sincere apologies for not responding to your "Follow" notification. I have had a few health issues that takes some time and when I get accustomed to them, well, another seemingly comes to take its place.
I loved this hub! Especially the eating watermelon, I do that, and . . .consume as much water as possible each day.
You are a very talented writer, Cardia. Just keep it up.
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Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 28, 2018:
I am an avid water drinker due to Sjogren's disease giving me dry mucous membranes, but I know I have had to encourage my husband to drink an adequate amount of water. I like your suggests as this is an important topic, particularly with the hot weather soon to be here.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on May 27, 2018:
Good suggestions. I need to take some of them .