We all know that drinking enough water every day is important. It keeps us hydrated throughout the day, flushes toxins out, treats constipation, improves skin health, and simply makes us feeling great overall.
That’s all fine and dandy, but what do you do if you don’t like drinking plain water, or if you just keep forgetting? Keep reading and you’ll find out exactly how to drink more water every day!
How Much Water Should We Drink a Day?
We’ve all heard something about drinking 8 ounce glasses per day. But the amount of water you drink should really depend on the individual, as well as your lifestyle.
If you exercise and sweat a lot, then you would need to drink more water. Also, it’s important to note that drinking liquids other than water are not a good substitute.
Even changing the amount of minerals the water contains can change how your body absorbs it. So think twice before drinking anything other than pure water, and counting it toward your total.
My recommendation for figuring out how much water you need to drink in a day, is to look at the color of your pee. Yes, it might seem silly, but it’s a great way to get immediate feedback on how dehydrated your body is.
If your pee is dark or yellow, then you aren’t drinking enough water. It’s only once your pee is clear that you know you’re getting enough water.
How Much is Too Much Water?
With every recommendation there’s always a caveat, and this one is the possibility of drinking too much water. I remember hearing about a case where people drank so much water while fasting that they experienced major problems, and some even died.
Clearly, it’s a case for listening to your body. If your pee is clear, then don’t try to force yourself to drink too much extra water. Just to be on the safe side.
And remember that going to the bathroom often is not a bad thing! If you are worried about an elderly person, why not bring a bedside commode for them to use, so they can get the health benefits of drinking enough water.
Drink Water Especially in the Morning
One of the most important things you need to do when you wake up in the morning is to drink water. And preferably about 16 oz of it!
That much? Yes, and here’s why. It’s because our bodies get dehydrated during the night from exhaling, sweating, and because we aren’t drinking any water when we’re sleeping.
That makes for an easily dehydrated body in the morning. Plus drinking water first thing in the morning is a great way to kickstart your body awake and flush out any toxins.
10 Tips to Drink More Water Every Day
Now that we’ve got the boring bit out of the way, it’s time to have a look at ways to drink more water on a daily basis.
1. Use a Reminder Tool
If you work at a computer, get yourself a little “take a break” software reminder. Every hour it should tell you to go get a glass of water, works great!
2. Use a Carafe at Work
Invest in a carafe and use that for in the office to refill your glass. This way you don’t need to get up all the time. Simply refill the carafe when it’s empty and take a longer break during that time.
3. Use a Fancy Glass
If you’re bored of drinking water in a boring glass, get a funky one to make it fun again! Use a wine glass, a funny cartoon glass, or even your favorite mug.
4. Change the Temperature
Some days drinking cold water is refreshing, while drinking warm or hot water can be just what you need on a cold day. Experiment and enjoy different temperatures of water.
5. Use a Margarita Water Recipe
Add some sea salt and squeeze half a lime into your water. It’s reminiscent of a margarita and it’s got tons of great minerals in it!
6. Slice Some Ginger
Add a few slices of ginger and some raw honey if you want something sweet and hot. This is a great remedy for a sore throat too! Or if you’re experiencing some cold-related pain during that time of the month.
7. Add a Cucumber or Lemon Slice
Similar to the margarita water, adding a slice of cucumber or lemon is a great way to add some zest to your water.
8. Get a New Water Filter
If you start to dislike the taste of your water, perhaps it’s time to consider getting a new water filter. It could make all the difference.
9. Crush Mint Leaves
Mint is such a refreshing herb, try adding some fresh leaves to your water and enjoy the yumminess!
10. Add a Little Raw Cacao
We’re venturing further from true water here but adding a little bit of raw cacao powder or raw maca powder is a great way to have some really rich satisfying water.
There you have it, 10 simple tips to drink more water every day and stay hydrated!