It’s not just that we need water to survive. We need it for, well, everything – it lubricates our joints, protects our brain, and it regulates our body temperature, among many, many other factors.
In fact the human body consist of more than 60% water.
That said, many people aren’t drinking enough water. A great question to ask yourself is, ‘Am I just drinking enough water to get by?’ If the answer is yes, just keep in mind the importance of water. You need it to be healthy, and to help prevent your body from breaking down.
You need more than just enough to get by.
We recommend that everyone drink at least half their body weight (lbs) in fluid ounces of pure drinking water a day. Simply take your body weight in pounds and divide that number by 2. For example, if you weight 150 lbs. You should be drinking at least 75 (150 divided by 2) fluid ounces a day. While that may seem like a lot, especially when compared to how much water you drink now, there is a multitude of ways to hit that goal every single day.
HERE ARE SOME OF THOSE WAYS:
1. BUY BIG BOTTLES
If you keep a bottle with you that you use just to drink water, remember that bigger is better. A 1 liter re-usable bottle can be a reminder of how much you should be drinking – re-fill it three to four times a day and you’ll hit your goal.
2. FLAVOR IT
Yes, the taste of water can be fairly boring. The good news is, there are many ways you can flavor it without using the artificial sweeteners you see in stores. Use natural flavoring ingredients instead, like watermelon chunks, berries, applies, cinnamon sticks, or lemons and limes.
Quick Tip: filling your water bottle the night before while adding natural ingredients. Doing so will really enhance the flavor.
3. STAVE OFF HUNGER
The original no-calorie drink, water can be used as a key diet tool. Instead of reaching for snack, drink a glass of water. And feelings of hunger can be mistaken for feelings of thirst. Drink more water and save calories.
Another good tactic is to drink a glass of water before every meal. You’ll feel fuller when you sit down to eat.
4. KEEP IT WITH YOU
Take your water bottle to your office or other workplace and always have it within arm’s reach. Place it on your desk. Then keep it with you at the gym, so you’re not interrupting your workout to visit the nearest water fountain.
5. FIND THE RIGHT TEMP
Some like it ice cold, others not so much. The key is to find the right water temperature for you. If you like it cold, make sure you have a container/bottle that enables you to keep it that way throughout the day.
6. SET A TIMER
Use your smart phone to set up a timer that will remind you to get drinking.
7. START EARLY
Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning. You’ll not only replace the fluids you lost during the night, but you’ll kick-start your hydration for the day. Think of this as your “inner bath”. On the flip side, get in the habit of drinking water right before you go to bed, as well.
8. CHECK IN
Having a mid-day hydration check is a good way to keep you on track. Check the color of your urine: Is it darker than lemonade? If so, you’re dehydrated. Make it a goal to have clear urine by the mid-afternoon.
9. EAT YOUR WATER
By eating two to three servings of fruits and vegetables at every meal you’ll help increase your water intake. That’s because – unlike processed foods – fruits and veggies are high in water and minerals.
10. THINK PRICE
Saving money can be a big motivator, so think of the money you’ll save by asking for tap water at restaurants. And, of course, you’ll also save money by buying your own empty bottle and filling it from the a good water filtration system throughout the day.
11. REPLACE WITH WATER
Water is clearly the top dog when it comes to hydration, but soda, juices and coffee drinks will always be tempting. But they’re not only loaded with sugar, they can also dehydrate you. If you’re using these drinks daily, start by cutting down to just one a day. Studies have shown that drinking water instead of a large soda will save you about 240 calories.
12. HYDRATE DURING EXERCISE
It’s been recommended that you should drink 16 ounces of water two hours before you exercise. Follow that by taking four to six drinks of water during your workout. Remember: Even just two percent dehydration can lead to a 20% decrease in performance.
In short, finding ways to drink more water each day isn’t that difficult. The overall impact on your health and well-being can be significant if you maintain a goal of staying hydrated each day.