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Drinking enough water is always important, but especially during those long, hot summer days. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Personally, I love water. I think it tastes good (a perk of living in Holland), it really quenches thirst, and it is very good for your health. Yet, I don’t drink enough of it. If I don’t pay attention, I’ll probably not even get to one litre a day. So one of the healthy habits I set a while ago (and by ‘setting’, I mean: making a list of things I’d like to do, but am not doing yet), is drinking enough water. That prompted me to make a list of EASY ways to drink more water.
Why should you drink (more) water?
Since our bodies are composed of at least 60% water, it is important to stay hydrated. We can live quite some time without food, but without water, it ends within just a few days. Yet, we eat much more than we drink. Drinking enough water ensures that your bodily systems continue to work properly. It is even said to reduce the risk of different types of cancer, such as colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer.
It also gives some more immediate effects: it makes you less cranky, helps to perform better, helps with losing weight, decreases joint pain, prevents headaches and – one of my personal favourites – makes your skin glow. And those are just a few reasons why you should drink more water!
This is how much water you should drink
It’s nice to know that you have to drink more water, but what is more? Or better yet: what is enough? As a rule of thumb, they say that you should take your body weight in pounds and drink half of that in ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you’ll have to drink 80 oz of water a day. If you want to convert that rule to kilos and litres, you’ll have to divide your weight in kilo’s by 30. For most of us, that means that we’ll have to drink at least 2 litres a day. However, there also is a limit. If you weigh 200 kilos, it would be better to focus on losing some of that weight, than it would make sense trying to drink well over 6 litres water a day. There is such a thing as drinking too much water.
Let’s get to it: 15 EASY ways to drink more water every day
If you find it hard to drink enough water, these tricks might help. I personally try to incorporate a few good water-drinking-habits into my day, which helps me get to at least 2 litres. My favourites are on top, but I also researched some other tips!
- Pick your moments. I drink one glass when I get up, one when I get to bed, and I use my RSI breaks (the small ones) to drink a glass. If you have a few of those moments, at least you’ll get something.
- Drink when you go/went to the bathroom. One of the disadvantages of drinking a lot, especially when you just started, is that you (or at least: I have to) pee a lot. So I drink water before I go to the bathroom or after; my bladder can handle it at those times.
- Add flavour. Drinking water becomes a lot more fun if you add some fresh fruit, herbs or cucumber to your pitcher. It also makes for great Instagram shots!
- Drink (or sip) before your meals. This is actually also good for any diets you might be following since it will help you feel full.
- Keep a large jug nearby. If it’s around, you’ll drink it more easily than when you have to go look for it. That’s why I keep a huge shaker with water around.
- Eat foods with water. Who says that you have to drink all of your water? You can also consume more water by eating the right foods, such as cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, and grapefruit. Those foods all contain at least 91% water!
- Combine water with alcohol. If you like to go out and have a drink, combine it with water. Drink a glass of water after every cocktail. It will help you avoid a hangover and it balances out the sugary cocktails.
- Always ‘finish’ with a filled glass. When I use my RSI break to drink a glass of water, I’ll drink it in the kitchen or bathroom. After that, I’ll refill and bring a full glass back to my desk.
- Drink after exercise. If you ran a mile or exercised in any other way; drink! A lot! That’s not just smart, but really necessary.
- Get a bottle with goals. Mark your bottle with times to show how much you have to drink for every part of the day. It’s much easier to drink enough water if you work towards a clear goal.
- Use an app. There are multiple apps that can help you track your water intake, which makes drinking enough water more fun.
- Set a timer. Use your phone to set a few timers throughout the day, that will help you remind yourself to drink water.
- Remind yourself of the upsides. When I find it hard to drink enough water, I sometimes remind myself of the upsides. I feel better, I find it easier to eat healthily and I’m more productive. That thought really helps on a day when I don’t feel very well, but still have a lot of work to do.
- Eat spicier foods. If you eat spicier foods, you’ll automatically want to drink more water. However, be careful, since switching over to spicy foods when you’re not used to it can upset your stomach.
- Drink water while waiting for your tea or coffee. Are you making a cup of coffee or tea? Use that time to drink some water.
- Swap sodas for water. You might not have a problem drinking sodas and other sugary drinks. Why not swap some of those for a glass of water? That’s also much healthier!
How’s your water intake? Do you have any great suggestions to add to this list?
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