Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Water makes up about 60 percent of the human body by weight. It is essential for the proper functioning of every cell in the body and performs important jobs. Trying to drink more water every day can seem very hard and boring sometimes. But with some simple tricks and making some fun rules for yourself, it doesn't have to be so difficult. Here are our best tips for drinking more water every day.
1. Always carry a reusable water bottle
Walking around with a water bottle is a surefire way to increase your water intake. Pick up a cute one at the grocery store or mall and be sure to wash it often. Vacuum sealed metal bottles will keep water cold for hours. A quick little tip to keep in mind is that it's extremely common to mistake thirst for hunger. The next time you feel hungry, try drinking some water before reaching for food to see if that's what your body is really craving.
2. Make the water more fun!
Adding things like fruit or chopped cucumber and mint, or a squeeze of fresh lemon, orange or lime can really help! You can also find triggers that remind you to drink a glass of water. For instance whenever you are about to leave the house, have a drink. As soon as you get in the door, have a drink. You can also set daily reminders on your phone to grab some water to stay on track throughout the day.
3. Drink water before every meal or snack
One simple way to increase water intake is to create this healthy habit: before each meal, even breakfast or a snack, drink half a glass or full glass of water. This will also help to make sure you are not overeating since your body might not be hungry but actually thirsty.
4. Eat water rich foods
One sneaky way to increase the amount of water you consume daily basis: eat your H20. Add fruits and vegetables with high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water) and grapefruit (91% water).
5. Use some reusable straws
Using a straw is a great tip for getting a lot of water in a short amount of time. Something about sipping through a straw makes the water go down easier. But skip the disposable plastic straws that are flimsy and also not good for the planet, a great alternative is a reusable metal straw that is dishwasher safe to keep clean.