Everywhere you turn, there is someone out there telling you to drink more water, or telling you how good it is to drink tons of water. Yes, this is true. The thing is, no one ever tells you HOW to drink more water. So, I have some tips for you.
But first, lets 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 everyday 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 say that you need about 100 ounces of water a day. When I tell people that they say:
“That is so much, I have a hard time drinking that much.”
“I just really struggle to drink that much in one day.”
Now that we are smarter about our water consumption, and we have gotten all of the excuses out in the open, lets take a look at HOW to 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 extremely true. If something is hard to do, as humans, we will avoid doing it simply because it is hard. One of the largest avenues of business in the world is CONVENIENCE. People will pay a lot of money for things that make their lives easier. For example:
- Drive-thru at a restaurant.
- Internet on your cell phone.
- Dishwasher in you home.
Those on the list above are all about convenience – making our lives easier. So if we want to make it easier to drink more water, then we need to find a cup that is easy to drink out of. Wait, what? Find a cup that:
- Feels good in your hand
- Isn’t too big, isn’t too small.
- Has a drinking hole that is the right size.
This sounds 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, really 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. But even then, the hole is not big enough to drink like a normal water bottle. Thus, why I don’t drink from a Nalgene bottle.
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 leave, get a to-go cup with a straw because I know it will help me consume more water.
Bottom line: Find a cup that is comfortable to hold and easy to drink out of, you will drink more water.
#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. 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 it works.
Bottom line: Next time you buy a case of water, put some in the fridge and leave some out on the counter or in the pantry. Guarantee you will drink more of the room temp. stuff.
#3 Add Some Lemon
One of the big complaints from people about water consumption 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 half a lime to it. It gives it a little bit of flavor and will satisfy that hankering for something different. Lemon water also has some great health benefits as well.
Bottom line: Squeeze some lemon in your water to break up the monotonous taste that sometimes comes with drinking water.
These 3 reasons may seem silly when you read them, but I dare you to implement one or all into your daily routine. I guarantee you will drink more. Your body will thank you for it.
Let us know in the comments below how you manage to drink enough water, and if these tips helped you!
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