Water. Agua. H2O.
Whether you love the taste of water all on its own or just force yourself to drink it because you know you “should,” water is essential to all functions in our bodies performing optimally.
Intuitively, most of us know this and if we have any inclination towards maintaining vibrant health (heck, even if we don’t), we’ve heard the advice to drink at least 8 glasses, or 64 oz, or 1/2 an oz of water for every pound we weigh, DAILY. Many of us are walking around dehydrated and don’t even know it. Hint: If you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated.
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Chronic dehydration can lead to headaches, constipation, digestive issues, low energy, muscle cramps, water retention, weight gain (or trouble losing weight), dry skin, low blood pressure and other more serious health issues.
Obviously drinking adequate amounts of water each day is important . . . so how do we actually DO that? It seems so simple: just drink the water (der). Yet, at times, the one thing that should be so easy to do, is the very thing at the end of the day we realize we didn’t accomplish (she says sheepishly from repeated experience. . .)
6 Easy Tips to Make Drinking Enough Water Every Day a Breeze
So, without further ado, here are 6 easy steps that have worked for me to make drinking that water a little more attainable.
Put a glass of water on your bedside table every night
The goal is to drink water as soon as you wake up. After 7-9 hours of sleep and no water (or more if you weren’t drinking water before then), our bodies are getting dehydrated and need water to lubricate the digestive tract and get everything primed for the rest of our day.
If you’re anything like me though, the first beverage you usually reach for in the morning is a cup of coffee (water is not gonna cut it sister! uh-uh). Unfortunately, coffee is only going to dehydrate us even further.
By already having a glass of water by the bed, there’s no competition for your taste buds. It’s there, you drink it. You could even set your morning alarm to remind you.
Have your own water bottle and have more than one
Ok, here’s why I say this: if you only have ONE water bottle for yourself, what do you do when that thing is washing, or your husband borrows it (and forgets to bring it home, that thief…), or you accidentally leave it somewhere, or it breaks? I’ll tell you what you do, you “forget” to drink any water!
I made the mistake of only buying myself one nice stainless steel water bottle once upon a time, feeling more than one was unnecessary, and they were too expensive to “allow” myself to buy more anyway. But every time one of the above scenarios happened, I wouldn’t reach my daily water goal.
Learn from me grasshopper. Have a collection, buy them in all sorts of colors and designs, experiment with stainless steel versus glass.
Go for it lady, you deserve it 🙂
Don’t buy small water bottles
Small as in less than 32 oz. Why? Because the smaller it is the more often you’ll have to fill it up and chances are, that as a busy lady/mom on the go, you won’t always be able to do that (which leads to forgetting to fill it up when you can, which leads to NOT DRINKING THE WATER).
Plus, it’s easier to remember how much you drank when you only have to fill it up twice.
I know, 32 oz bottles are heavy (but only when completely full, just sayin’…) and they don’t fit in car cup holders, the horror. But the goal here is to drink more water, so . . . the choice is up to you 😉
Another option is to fill up more than one bottle and bring them both with you so you won’t run out.
Flavor, flavor, flavor
I don’t mind the taste of plain water, but my kids are a different story.
To motivate themselves to drink enough water, they’ll flavor some of their daily servings with freshly squeezed lemon juice and liquid stevia – basically a natural, clean lemonade (powdered lemonade-flavored mixes won’t work since they have other unnatural ingredients you don’t want to be drinking).
My personal favorite is mixing a dash of raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, a drop or two of liquid stevia and about 1/8 of a teaspoon of cinnamon with my water. It tastes like apple pie Y’all, apple.pie. (Just don’t put too much ACV or that is going to be one sour apple pie :P)
Other options include infusing a jar of water with your favorite fruit overnight and even brewing up your favorite caffeine-free herbal tea (yup, caffeine-free herbal teas count towards your water consumption).
And now that you have such delicious concoctions waiting in your fridge for you…
Set an alarm on your cell phone
I do this for myself whenever I’m trying to learn a new habit (how did we ever survive without smartphones??), and it works pretty well for me.
If you want to chug down 64 oz of water within roughly 16 hours, you’ll need to drink about 4 oz per hour, or 8 oz every two hours if you don’t want to be bothered that often.
The only way this works is to get tough with yourself and honor your commitment, instead of ignoring the reminder (believe me, I know, easier said than done). You can do this!
Record your water intake
There’s something so satisfying about crossing goals off a list and looking back at your progress.
Get yourself a pretty journal and record your goal and daily water intake. Or, if journaling isn’t your thing, find an app that can keep track of it for you.
Looking back and seeing a record of all your hard work and progress can be very motivating; encouraging you to keep up the good work, or pushing you to achieve even more tomorrow.
I hope these 6 ways to make drinking water easier are helpful for you!
Do you struggle to drink enough water each day? How do you reach your goals?
Hi! I’m Liane, mindset coach and holistic nutritionist in training. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. My aim is to inspire you on your healthy living journey by sharing simple, everyday holistic habits that can transform your well-being and life.