7 Ways to Drink More Water Without Even Trying
Life can get busy, which makes it difficult to drink the eight glasses of water daily that experts recommend in order to stay hydrated. Put simply – you may not be getting enough water.
The resulting dehydration can be harmful to you in many ways, including:
- Thickened blood, which causes resistance in circulation
- Toxicity build up, which can make you more susceptible to illness
- Joint stiffness, when the cartilage that lubricates the joints dries out
- Poor skin and premature aging caused by dryness
- Muscle cramps
Proper hydration, on the other hand, brings clear-cut benefits. You feel more refreshed and ready to face the world. You are energized so you can get more done. Also, because hydration flushes your system to prevent toxins from building up, you feel and are healthier.
Even if it's not easy or fun, making sure you drink enough water is more than worth the effort. Fortunately, there are more enjoyable ways to get the water you need without scheduling eight times a day to chug eight fluid ounces. Here are some of them:
1: Drink fruit infused water.
You're more likely to remember to drink water if it tastes good. Infusing it with fruit is a great way to make that happen. Just put your favorite fruit in a pitcher of water and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. The difference will amaze you. Some of the most popular fruits for flavoring water include berries, citrus fruits, peaches, pears, apples, and melons. Including flavorings like mint sprigs or vanilla can add variety. You can also buy bottles and pitchers with porous chambers to hold the fruit and let the water soak it.
2: Keep your water in front of you
You probably reach for the cup of coffee on your desk dozens of times a day. What if, instead of going for a refill when the cup was empty, you reached for a water bottle that was conveniently within reach? You'd not only increase hydration, but you'd also cut your intake of caffeine, which is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. All the better if your water bottle has markings on the side, as many do, that tell you how much of your daily water goal you have consumed.
3: Keep water beside you at night
Among its many benefits, being properly hydrated helps you sleep better at night and wake up refreshed. You may realize during the middle of the night that you need water, but don’t feel like getting out of bed to get a drink. To avoid the interruption of getting up, keep a bottle of water on your nightstand. You're more likely to drink what you need. Make sure the bottle has a tube or straw that lets you drink without spilling.
4: Eat your water by packing more fruits and vegetables into your diet
One of the good things about many fruits and vegetables is that they do double duty, helping you stay hydrated while providing nutrition and energy. An upcoming post will go into detail about the water, vitamin, and mineral content of specific fruits and vegetables. For now, suffice it to say that while the hydration benefits of fruits like watermelons, cantaloupes, and strawberries are obvious, vegetables such as celery and lettuce can be equally beneficial, if not more so.
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