Our bodies are made up of more than 50% of water so staying hydrated is really important in order to maintain good health and flush out the toxins from our body.
I know first hand how bad it is to not stay hydrated. I was never the type of person who drank much water as a kid. In fact, I remember I could go through an entire day in grade school without even drinking one full glass. Luckily, my mom always made all sorts of yummy soups for dinner so I’m glad I at least got some water content there!
That bad habit of drinking less than 3 cups of water a day stayed with me until a few years ago when I found out my body had formed a small kidney stone due to my lack of water intake and an obsession with having too much coffee. After going through the not-so-fun experience of constant pain in my abdomen area, I truly learned how important water was to a healthy functioning body. And today, making sure that I always take the appropriate measures to get my daily H20 is something that’s really important to me.
Now if you were like me before, you probably are reading this because you also have a habit of not drinking enough water. To you, it could be that plain water tastes really bland so trying to guzzle down 8 cups a day isn’t something that you like to do. Or maybe you just never remember to drink enough because you suck at remembering things and then the day is over before you know it. It can be hard to get those 8 glasses in at first but it’s important that you find a way that personally works for you, whatever that may be!
In this post, I’ll be talking about 6 tips I’ve found that can help you add more water to your diet. Once you do these things on a daily basis, you’ll find that it becomes easier and easier and you won’t even really need to think about it. They’re really simple but they can make a huge difference in your health, how you feel, and your skin will glow!
1. Add some fruits to give it taste
If you hate the test of plain water, you can always add fruits or vegetables such as strawberries, lemons, limes, and cucumbers to give it taste. Just place them in a jug and let them sit in cold water and then enjoy! For myself, my favorites to add in water are strawberries or a few slices of lemon. It tastes so good and it helps me look forward to drinking my 8 glasses.
If you’re looking into something a little fancier, you can use a fruit infusion pitcher which has a specific area to hold the fruits so that they don’t float all over the place or a glass water bottle with a fruit infuser for when you’re on the go. I highly recommend these if you really hate the taste of plain water!
2. Keep track of your water consumption
If you’re bad at keeping track of how much you drink and you know you don’t drink enough water, it’s important at the beginning to keep track of your daily intake. I recommend either:
1) Starting a water journal. You can keep track by writing down by hand each time you drink a glass – a bullet journal is perfect for this!
2) Use an app to keep track of your water intake. Here are a few that are highly rated and will even remind you of when it’s time for that next glass!
- Aqualert (Android & iPhone) – The bright colored interface of this app helps make logging and calculating your water intake so easy and fun!
- Plant Nanny (iPhone only) – I love this one! This adorable app combines tracking your water and taking care of a pet houseplant. When the pet plant is thirsty, it’ll remind you to log your water intake!
- iHydrate (iPhone only) – This handy customizable app lets you track from beer to sodas and will even calculate the percentage of water in each! It also syncs to FitBit and HealthKit.
- Daily Water (Android & iPhone) – Set your own intake goals and easily track how much water you consume.
- Hydro Coach (Android only) – This app conveniently syncs with your Fitbit, Android Wear, or Google Fit!
3. Make sure you account for any diuretics
If you’re addicted to coffee and teas (I’m looking at you my fellow caffeine lovers!), you’re going to want to account for that when you calculate how much water you drink in a day. I find when I drink coffee, I feel thirsty and dehydrated after so I know my body is telling me that it wants water. I like to aim for 1 cup of water before every cup of coffee or tea to replenish and replace the water. This way, the cup of caffeine feels more like a treat for being good!
4. Add constant reminders on your phone
If you’re not going to go the smartphone app route, you’ll want to make sure you are constantly reminding yourself to drink water throughout the day. Do this until you get into the habit and it becomes second nature. I recommend setting a reminder that alerts you every 1 to 2 hours to drink a glass of water.
5. Bring a large water bottle with you everywhere you go
Another great way to keep track of how much you drink is to fill a large water bottle and make sure you finish it by the end of the day. This way, it’s a set amount you know you need to finish and it makes it a lot easier to keep tabs on how much is left. For example, if you have a big 1 L water bottle (which is 4 cups of water), you’ll know you have to finish 2 of those bottles in a day to get your 8 cups of water.
6. Stock up on other types of liquids
Vegetables and fruits hold a lot of water content in them so they count towards your daily water intake. If you don’t like drinking a lot of water, supplement your diet with high water content fruits such as watermelon, oranges, grapefruit, and melons, and vegetables such as celery, cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes! And it’s also a total win-win if you’re getting your daily veggies and water intake at the same time! Drinking lots of soup, as well as herbal teas, are also great ways to load up on water.
I hope these 6 tips on how to drink more water were helpful to you! Do you get your 8 glasses of water a day? What do you do to drink more water? Let me know in the comments!