4 Ways To Make Sure You’re Drinking Enough Water04 January, 2018
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It can be astounding how much of a difference drinking water makes in your general health and wellness. Many of us simply don’t get as much water as we need in a given day, and recommendations about how much to drink (such as “eight cups per day”) tend to be vague. They don’t take into account different body types, different measurements, existing habits, etc. But how can you actually ensure that you get as much water as you need to stay healthy?
These are four things we’d recommend.
1. Add Flavor
This is about the simplest trick in the book, and one that’s gotten progressively easier. Flavored water is actually getting somewhat trendy, which means there are more options these days for what to put into your water to make it more interesting and more appealing. That said, you need to be careful that you’re not simply adding sugar (in whatever form it may take) and taking away from the actual nutritional benefits! It might sound boring to go with pure natural flavoring, like mint or herbs, or even lemon juices, but there are additional tricks that can keep these flavors exciting. For example, one nutritionist recommended muddling herbs to unlock their flavor rather than just dumping them into the water. Another recommendation is to invest in a carbonating apparatus (like a Sodastream) that can add some fizz to lemon water and make it that much more interesting to drink.
2. Listen To Experts
You don’t have to follow nutritionist blogs to see good advice that reminds you to keep drinking water. For instance, plenty of chefs have talked about it over the years. Wolfgang Puck is one of the most famous chefs on the planet; he’s earned Michelin stars, appeared on cooking reality shows, and even been mentioned as one of the best chefs with restaurants in casinos. More recently however he’s become famous for efforts to get healthier, and has talked about the importance of drinking water. The way he tells it, he simply doesn’t have other options in his home (other than wine). Puck is just one example however. You can also read regularly about athletes’ and actors’ efforts to stay healthy, and you may be surprised how many of them talk about water. This isn’t a method, exactly, but if you read advice from figures you admire or take seriously you might find some added motivation.
3. Drink A Glass Before Each Meal
When you’re trying to drink more water, you don’t want to start gulping down more than you’re comfortable with. That may work for a few days, but ultimately it’s not a sustainable effort. That said, it can be a good idea to establish a few times each day when you’re definitely going to drink a whole glass, at least making it likelier that you take in an appropriate amount throughout the day. My best trick in this regard is to have a full glass of water before each meal. It’s an easy initiative to remember, and as an added bonus, it’ll keep you from eating more than you need also (because you’ll feel full).
4. Mark Up A Water Bottle
This is an idea we’d never thought of before, but it just might work. It’s generally accepted that having a few water bottles you’re comfortable with can increase your water intake, because you have something to carry with you, refill, and drink from (rather than relying on glasses and tap water). But Lifehacker upped the idea a notch, suggesting people come up with timed drinking goals and mark them on the bottles. It’s almost like competing with yourself to make sure you’re drinking enough, making sure the water line is below the 12:00 mark by noon, etc.