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10 Water Wise Tips

Water is essential to our survival and overall health. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that water composes up to 60% of the human body. Many health benefits are connected to drinking enough water.

The benefits of drinking water include:

  • Maintaining a balance in body fluids
  • Helps hydrate skin
  • Controls calories and can help with weight loss
  • Energizes the muscles
  • Helps vital organs work properly
  • Reduces and prevents headaches

But while it may be easy to understand the positive health effects of water, it is another matter drinking enough. Many dieticians suggest drinking eight eight-ounce glasses of water or half your weight in ounces. Maintaining this discipline can be challenging, but it is extremely important for optimal health.

Tips on Drinking More Water

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study where they surveyed 3,397 adults in the United States. 7% had no daily intake of water, 36% drank 1 to 3 cups a day, and 35% drank 4 to 7 cups a day. This report highlights how dehydrated our nation can be. Don’t fall into this statistic!

Follow these easy tips to stay hydrated:

1.Take a Water Break While You Wait
Whether you are waiting for your coffee to brew or your laundry to finish, take that moment to get a cup of water in. It will give you something to do and help the time pass faster—and you get hydrated in the process!

2.Add Flavor to Your Pitcher
Some people simply don’t like the taste of water…since it has little flavor. You can fix this by adding fruits or vegetables to your pitcher or water bottle. You can even buy infuser water bottles that allow you to place things like lemon, cucumber, strawberries, and more to flavor your glass of water.

3.Invest in a Water Filter
If you are not fond of the way tap water tastes, invest in a filter. You can choose from a simple bottle, a pitcher, or a whole filtration system.

4.Keep Water Close By
Make water your new constant companion. Keep it on your desk, nightstand, and in your car. You’ll remember to drink your glass of water when it’s close to you.

5.Drink Before a Meal
Drinking water before a meal helps you feel full faster and can help you better digest the nutrients in the food you eat. If you drink too much water while eating, the liquid can dilute some of the nutrition before you properly ingest it. Try to drink at least one cup of water half an hour before you eat.

6.Get an App
With everything going digital, there are plenty of apps you can choose that track how much water you drink. Some apps even sync with high-tech water bottles. Find the right one for you and start drinking!

7.Buy a New Water Bottle
A glass of water can easily be ignored, unlike a shiny new water bottle. Whether you like glitter and sparkles or bottles with ounce markers, indulge in a new water bottle. Not only will it motivate you to use it (especially if you spent money on it), but it can also be an easy way to carry water around!

8.Choose Sparkling or Mineral Water Over Soda
Do you love the carbonated sensation soda? Swap the pop for sparkling or mineral water. The latter comes in a variety of flavors and cuts out the heavy sugar of a soda.

9.Track Your Water Intake
Sometimes, the day gets away from you, and you realize you’re still nursing the same cup of water from the morning. By consciously tracking how much water you drink, you can get a better sense of how hydrated you are. If you need a little extra push, schedule reminders throughout the day so you know to drink enough!

10.Eat Water-Rich Foods
You don’t always have to drink H2O to stay hydrated! Eating fruits and vegetables can also help! Some water-rich food include cucumbers, grapefruit, zucchini, and watermelon.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.