Easy Ways to Hydrate All Day
We all know how important it is to drink enough water each day. Drinking at least 64oz helps keep our body healthy, our blood flowing, and our mind clear. But sometimes it can feel hard to get all of that water in, even if we know it’s good for us. Check out the helpful tips below to get in all that H2O.
Get Intentional About It
A big part about making any change is understanding why it’s important. It helps us stay intentional about drinking water if we know that on average, we lose 1.5-3 liters a day just through our regular bodily function. Yes really. While this can vary based on someone’s body size, activity level, and amount of sweat, drinking 2 liters or 64oz is a good target to keep our body looking and functioning at its best.
Start Your Day Off Right
We are the most dehydrated when we wake up in the morning. That’s why it’s a good idea to place a glass of water by your bedside and drinking it as soon as you wake up. This helps to wake up your digestive system, kickstarting your metabolism and energy for the day.
Jazz Up Your Water
There are lots of great ways to add flavor and interest to your water. You can add a dash of unsweetened juice to your water to give it a hint of flavor or keep it zen with spa-inspired additions like mint and cucumber, lemon and basil, or fruit like orange slices or blueberries. See our easy ideas for jazzing up your water here.
Pour Yourself a Glass of Bubbly
Okay, not that bubbly…but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fizz. Try adding in some sparkling water to your daily routine. It is a great source of hydration and keeps things fun and refreshing.
Don’t Wait to Get Thirsty
You might be surprised to learn that feeling thirsty is a signal that you’re already dehydrated. Stay consistent with it and be sure to pace your water consumption throughout the day.
Make It Special
Make drinking water a delight by getting yourself a new water bottle you love. It will help you stay motivated, and act as a fun reminder to keep that water intake up.
While you’re looking for that new bottle, consider getting one with a straw. It might sound silly, but studies have shown that using a straw actually helps us take in more water than when we sip. If you’d rather drink from a glass, consider buying a reusable metallic straw to help you down those ounces.
For those of you that don’t like the way water feels (and yes, we know you’re out there), try adding a teaspoon of chia seeds to your water a few minutes before you drink it. Chia seeds plump up when they’re in water, adding more mouthfeel and interest when you drink. Add in a spritz of lemon and use a straw to get the most benefits. Bonus, chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, and nutrients!
In summary, there is a lot you can do to make drinking more water easy and enjoyable. Try out these tips, and remember, don’t wait for the thirst to hit before you take a sip.