Tips to drink more water!
1. Add flavor to your water: Chugging several glasses of water a day can seem like torture when every cup is tasteless. Add a bit of excitement by dunking fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) to your carafe.
2. Drink a glass of water after every bathroom break: Start a habit by linking water with some of your most common daily activities. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water after leaving the restroom. Every time you pass the water cooler, fill up a cup.
3. Sip some water before every meal: When the waiter comes around and asks for drink orders, always request water. Drinking a full cup before each meal can curb calorie intake because it causes you to feel full.
4. Use an app to track your cups: Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app.
5. Dillute sugary drinks with water and ice: If drinking juice, lemonade, or iced tea is a daily habit, water down your sips with H20 and a healthy helping of ice (aim for a one-to-one ratio). You’ll still get the sweetness you’re craving with a healthy dose of the water your body needs.
6. Keep a gallon jug nearby: It’s easy to remember to fill up on water when the source is nearby. Keep a gallon jug or large carafe at your desk, by the bed at home, and on the kitchen counter as a constant reminder to drink up.
7. Invest in a water filter: Filtered water can taste better than the liquid coming out of the tap or water fountain. So, invest in a system for your kitchen sink and for your portable bottle.
8. Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda: Pouring this bubbly, zero-calorie drink is just as good for your body as drinking water—except it’s got more pizzazz. Add a squeeze of lime juice, and it’s basically like drinking a fancy cocktail (without the alcohol).
9. Eat water rich foods: One sneaky way to increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis: eat your H2O. Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
10. Stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcoholic beverages: You’ve probably heard the drinking rule: for every cocktail turn up one glass of water. This is a great strategy to avoid a hangover the next day, but you can also use it to make sure you get plenty of H2O in your system to balance out sugar-packed mixers and syrups.
11. Use an unmarked water bottle: A bottle that’s marked with ounces or even hours can help you reach your personal water goal each day. Plus, you’ll know exactly how many times you need to refill!