We all know that water is the elixir of life. Because our bodies are made up of about 60% of water, it only makes sense that we need water to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to ensure our body functions properly. Not only that, water can even help us lose weight.
Plus there are even more health benefits! Did you know that simply drinking more water can repel and even treat Alzheimer’s disease? Water flushes your system, and regulates a healthy digestive tract. Water promotes heart health and a strong circulatory system. Because our body does contain so much water, it also uses up some of your water supply each day in the day-to-day operations. That water has to be replaced.
The problem is you probably are not drinking enough. Where we have heard for years that 64 ounces or eight 8oz glasses is enough, that has changed. Many years ago, the National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering set an updated guideline –
general recommendations for women at approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water — from all beverages and foods — each day, and men an average of approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water. The panel did not set an upper level for water.
So are you drinking enough and eating foods that include a lot of water too? Here are some helpful tips to get more water in each day.
5 Simple Tricks to Help You Drink More Water Every Day
Make a goal and stick to it
Human beings are great goal setters and achievers. If you just think about drinking more water in the back of your mind, you may be successful, or you may not. However, if you write down a specific goal for daily water consumption you program the habit-forming part of your brain to increase your water intake.
Plan for it
Keep gallons or liters of fresh water on hand at all times. Store some in your refrigerator for a cool and refreshing zero calorie treat that also helps fight hunger pangs. Keep bottled water at your job, in your vehicle, at home, and in your backpack when you are on the go. The more water available, the more likely you are to drink it rather than an unhealthy, sugar-filled processed alternative.
Buy a really nice large water bottle
Don’t just head to your local $1 store for this purchase. Find a good-looking, functional, BPA-free water bottle you really like. I foundmine through Tupperware and I got the 32 oz size. It makes it so easy to get in more water. Plus, adding a Straw makes it so much easier to go down!
There’s an app for that
It seems there is an application for just about anything. This includes apps like Daily Water, iDrated, Waterlogged and Eight Glasses a Day. They make it easy to track your water consumption on a daily basis, and range from free to just $.99 per download.
Add healthy natural flavor
Why not pop some blueberries, cucumbers, strawberries, limes or orange slices into your water? When you are done drinking, you enjoy a healthy fruit or vegetable.
Hope these tips help you add more water to your day!