Everywhere you turn, there is someone out there telling you how you must drink more water to be healthy. Yes, this is true—water is essential to our bodies, and most of us could use more of it each day. But no one ever tells you how to drink more water. Today, we’ll focus on how we can make a habit of consuming a healthy, optimal amount of eater each day.
But first, let’s look at some fun facts about drinking water:
- The average person could live without food for nearly a month, but we could only survive about one week without water—that’s how essential water is to human life. Some of us can’t go a day without coffee, but that’s a different story.
- Good hydration can prevent arthritis. With plenty of water in your body, there is less friction in your joints, thus less chance of developing arthritis.
- Drinking enough water every day can help reduce heart disease and cancer. Water helps flush toxins out of your body, and the fewer toxins that come into contact with your colon, bladder and other organs, the less chance that critical ailments can develop.
- Smile! Good hydration can help reduce cavities and tooth decay. Water helps produce saliva, which keeps your mouth and teeth clean.
(Facts pulled from the Culligan Website)
Studies generally agree that you need about 100 ounces of water a day. When I tell people that, they’ll often say:
“That is so much. I have a hard time drinking that much.”
“I struggle to drink that much in one day.”
But now that we’re a little more knowledgeable about our water consumption and we have gotten all of the excuses out in the open, let’s take a look at how we can consume more water throughout our day.
#1 Find a cup that is easy to drink out of
This seems silly to many people, but it is true. If something is hard to do, human nature will have us avoiding it simply because it is hard. After all, one of the largest avenues of business in the world is convenience. People will pay a lot of money for things to make their lives easier. For example:
- The drive thru at a restaurant.
Everything listed above exists because someone wanted to make tasks easier and convenient for consumers. So we ought to take a page out of their book and make water consumption easier for ourselves. Find a cup that is easy to drink out of. Like what? You’ll want a cup that:
- feels good in your hand.
- isn’t too big, isn’t too small.
- has a drinking hole at the right size.
This might sound silly, but everyone has a favorite cup. Why? Because it is easy to drink out of! For example, Nalgene water bottles are super cool looking, real trendy, and virtually unbreakable—but you have to stop and concentrate when you are drinking from the bottle if you don’t have a splash guard. The hole is too small to drink like a normal water bottle. Therefore, I don’t drink from a Nalgene bottle—it’s just not easy to.
I love drinking out of a straw; it makes it easier for me to drink. When I go to a restaurant, I always get a straw, and when I get a to-go cup with a straw on my way out because I know it will help me consume more water. The bottom line? Find a cup that is comfortable to hold and easy to drink out of, and you will find yourself drinking more. It’s simple.
#2 Drink water at room temperature
Many people feel like you have to drink ice water. On a hot day, cold water is satisfying, for sure. But many times it is more difficult to drink cold water because of brain freeze or sensitive teeth. I have found that drinking water that is room temperature causes me to drink more. Not sure what it is. No real science here, I just know that it works.
Next time you buy a case of water, put some in the fridge and leave some out on the counter or in the pantry. I guarantee you will drink more of the room temperature stuff.
#3 Add some lemon
One of the big complaints from people about drinking more water is that is has no taste and they get tired of it. I get that. Next time you get tired of water and don’t think you can drink another drop, add half of a lemon or lime to it. This gives water a little bit of flavor, and will satisfy that hankering for something different. Lemon water also has some great health benefits as well, like aiding digestion, boosting the immune system and more.
So if a regular old glass water is getting a little bit boring to you, just squeeze in some lemon to break up the monotonous taste that sometimes comes with it.
These three reasons may seem silly or trivial when you read them, but I dare you to implement one or all into your daily routine. After all, they seem so trivial because they’re dead-simple strategies that you can’t afford not to try. I guarantee you will drink more, and your body will thank you for it.