Saturday, June 16, 2018

Why We Love Drinking More Water (And You Should Too!)

I never liked drinking water. In fact, I loathed it. I could only drink ice cold water through a straw. Thinking about water touching my top lip made me cringe. Eek. The most common reason to drink more water is to lose weight, or be more healthy.  




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Like I said, I hated it. Then I had children, and I needed more water to support all my nutrients going to my breasts for my babies. I was thirsty constantly and it didn't really matter how I had it, but I needed water constantly. But water can be awesome for you, even if you're not actively thirsty. It's pretty common knowledge drinking water is an important part of taking care of yourself. There are obvious reasons, like avoiding dehydration, but other less obvious reasons too, like how awesome you'll feel after hydrating yourself. It's all too common to either not drink any, or not drink enough water during the day. We're busy, or we don't think about it. 



What Are The Benefits of Drinking More Water?

Drinking more water will improve your skin. Do you have dry skin? Kiss that goodbye! I always had this super dry spot on both of my shoulders. When I added more water to my diet, those dry spots disappeared. They're not even rough anymore. In addition to skin, your hair and nails will benefit too. You'll also get less headaches, muscle craps, and your teeth will even be in better health. This is because the water helps your body naturally flush out your body, improving your weight loss efforts and giving you more energy. 

But we already know all the benefits of drinking more water. It's well documented, and not really news to anyone.

I know I should drink more water, so how do I increase my daily water intake?


1. Drink Water Before Every Meal

The first tip for drinking more water on a regular basis is simple – just have a full glass of water before each meal and snack you consume, including before your morning cup of coffee. This is one of those simple reminders that allows you to drink more water, without really having to think too much about it. It's called habit stacking. You train your mind to know that if you are going to put anything into your body, whether it is your breakfast or a late-night treat, you have to drink 8 ounces of water first. 

This provides multiple benefits. First, it of course reminds you to drink another glass of water. It is also going to help your food digest a little better. Plus, it prevents you from overeating since the water helps to fill you up a little. It is not uncommon to think you are hungry, when in fact you body is trying to tell you you're thirsty. If you are no longer hungry after the full glass of 
water, wait a bit before eating. Hello weight loss! Curbing that appetite with no caloric intake? It's the best way possible to lose weight. 

2. Make Your Own Infused or Flavored Water




Maybe you have no problem remembering to drink water. You remember all day, but you can't stand drinking water. I understand that, let me tell ya. A few years ago I began infusing my water with different flavors to encourage a little more drinking. There are lots of ways to add flavor to your water to make it more interesting without piling on the sugar and calories.

The Simple Method

If you are short on time and just want a super quick way to add flavor to your water, go with the lemon water. All you need to do is add a few lemon wedges into your water, squeezing in the juice first, then putting the wedges in it. Lemons have a lot of tart juice, so this will flavor your water quickly and easily. You can also try a mixture of lemon and lime, or use other juicy fruits like grapefruit.

Fruit or Vegetable Infused Water


When you are willing to spend more time on your water, you can use other fruits, vegetables, and even herbs to flavor this water. This is called infused water, since it is a longer infusing process. You aren’t just flavoring your water with these ingredients, but adding more nutrients from the produce and herbs. 

To make infused water, you should have a glass pitcher and access to filtered water preferably. Prepare your fruits, veggies, and herbs depending on what they are. Berries should be sliced so you can access the juice inside, fruits with hard skin should be peeled first. Veggies should also be peeled and chopped. Muddle your herbs to release the oils and flavors. 

Add the ingredients to the bottom of the pitcher, cover with ice, then add your water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can before drinking it, which really allows those flavors and nutrients to come through, giving you a better drinking experience. My mouth is watering thinking about a nice cucumber and cantaloupe infused water medley.

3. Choose a Cup You Love to Use

This is my best tip. Perhaps it because aesthetics matter a lot to me, and I love things around me to be fun colored and bring joy to my life. Go shopping, and find a cup or mug that brings you happiness, then fill that thing with water and drink up, buttercup. It can be a bottle if you're out a lot, but I prefer a cup. Here are a few fun ones I found on Amazon: 





Picking the right vessel to drink your water is pretty important. Do you want a certain color? Theme? Is it easy to hold while walking? There are a lot of small details that determine if it's a good fit. If you drive a lot, will it fit in your cup holder? Check out what I put up above, and see if they're what you need. Maybe you'll be able to find something else instead. Keep trying until you find that perfect cup.  Good luck. :) 

4. Limit Other Drinks You Consume


Another little trick for drinking more water is to reduce all of the other drinks you consume. This does not mean drinking water 100 percent of the time and never having a cup of juice or soda again. What a loss that would be. I couldn't imagine never having juice or milk again. It does help to reduce them, so that when you are thirsty, you go for water instead. This eventually increases your water intake simply because you are going for water when you feel a thirst, and not other beverages. A simple trick that's easy to implement. Next time you go to the store, don't buy any juice. Without it in your house, you'll be less likely to drink it. 

5. Track Your Water Intake

This isn’t something you need to do every day for the rest of your life, but for now, it might be hard for you to determine how much water to drink and if you have reached your goal for the day. Start by figuring out a good way to track your water. This can be an app on your phone, a notepad, a planner you keep in your purse, or a program on your computer.

Start by tracking your water for a few days before trying to increase how much you drink. This lets you know how much you are currently drinking on an average day. If it is less than 8-10 glasses of water (8 ounces each) a day, you need to start increasing it. Once you are tracking daily, it helps you know how and when to drink a little more throughout the day. Use some of the tips here to help you increase that water intake. 

6. Try Some Delicious and Water Heavy Fruits and Veggies. 

Some days you just can't get all those cups of water in. If you find that you simply can’t drink enough water, then eat your water instead! You should still try to drink as much as you can, but this is good for the days when you’re a little below your water intake goal. There are fruits and veggies that have a high water content, therefore helping to hydrate you. These include:

Cucumbers 
Grapefruit 
Apples 
Pineapple 
Lettuce 
Celery 
Radishes 
Watermelon

7. Dilute That Juice!

There's going to be a day when you really want juice. You're going to wake up in a cold sweat, thinking about apple juice. It happens to the best of us. Dilute your juice so you can still get the flavor you want, but you are still getting water. If you do, you'll be reducing calories, carbs, and sugars, and you'll make the juice last longer. This is great if you don't buy it next week, but you still want some in the house. 

8. Add Water to Other Habits You Already Have

If you enjoy water, but you often forget to drink more of it, these little reminders can be helpful for you. 

1.Drink water before every meal, snack, and other beverage
2.Drink a glass of water when you wake up / before you brush your teeth
3.Drink water before or after your workouts
4.Drink a glass of water after every trip to the bathroom
5.Drink a glass of water every time you enter your office or your home
As long as you keep these reminders in the back of your mind, and follow the other tips mentioned, you should be on your way to increasing your water intake and benefiting from it. You're going to feel amazing! 


Have you added more water to your life? How did you feel?What other ways can you add more water to your life?

Click here to download a freebie water tracker you can print and add to your planner!


Beth Ann
Beth Ann

Beth Ann is a mom to 3 crazy hooligans, and a wife to one (mostly absent against his will) sailor.

4 comments:

  1. I really enjoy fruit infused water! I also love sparkling water with lemon or lime. :)

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  2. Great advice! I've been working on the same thing and adding apple cider vinegar in a glass of water to my morning routine helped! Starting the day with 8oz of water helped a lot.

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  3. Yes to all of this! I have been on a big water kick. I've been adding some flavoring in and then rediluting it through out the day. It's been working like a charm. I don't weigh myself often but my clothes fit better. So yay!!

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  4. This is all great advice! I like to add lemons, limes or cucumbers and pretend I’m at the spa.

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