Do you drink enough water? Having already reviewed my Lifefactory glass water bottle I thought I'd share my tips that help me drink enough water and hopefully they'll help you stay more hydrated too!
I've always tried to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day but I wasn't always able to reach that goal. It did get easier after I got my water bottle and started really following my tips below. That, and about a year ago Dr. Michael Greger (NutritionFacts.org) posted a video on Youtube about how much water we should really be drinking. It's recommended that on an average day women should aim for 4-7 8oz glasses of water a day (water, not just liquids) and men should aim for 6-11 8oz glasses of water a day--and of course more if you're more active that day (for more info watch his video linked above). So if you were like me and found it hard to drink enough, your daily requirements might be lower than you think!
I grew up living in a colder climate that only felt like a true too-hot-to-do-anything-summer for about 2 weeks each year. So by comparison when the summer hits in Northern California boy does it--it's already 90 degrees F here (32 C)! As it gets hotter I notice my winter/spring water intake just doesn't cut it so I try and stick to these tips listed below to keep myself happy and hydrated.
Use a water bottle: If you use a water bottle the portability will make it easier to keep it with you and thus you’re more likely to drink it. I use my 22oz Lifefactory glass water bottle even when I’m around the house and I’ll generally take it with me when I go from room to room. If you use a regular glass you can’t take it with you as easily depending on where you’re going and it can be more cumbersome to keep water with you without a lid.
Keep it filled 24/7: This sounds like a no brainer and it kinda is but it still needs to be said. Try and keep your water bottle filled at all times so that you always have water on hand. This is also good for trying to increase your water intake in the mornings because using the first tip with this one will allow you to wake up and already have a tall “glass” of water waiting for you on your nightstand or dresser. To help keep it filled closer to 24/7 I usually hand wash my water bottle so I can quickly get it clean and holding water again.
Bring it with you: If you leave the house bring it with you. Pack it in your backpack or purse or simply carry it around with you so that even at work, or school, or out and about, you’ll be able to meet your water drinking needs.
Change the taste: If you don’t like the taste of tap water try drinking spring water. Sometimes something so simple as a different taste can really change how much you’ll consume. That or you could try a water bottle with an infuser so that you can add your favorite fruits like strawberries, lemon, or oranges for flavor.
Cut out other drinks: If you’re trying to drink more water and having no such luck make sure you're not quenching your thirst from sodas or artificial sugary juices that you may have in your house. If you only have water to drink then you’ll drink water, if you have the option of other, maybe less healthy, beverages you may not be reaching your water intake goals.
Drink while you watch: All you have to do is keep your water bottle in your hand while you watch a TV show, movie, or Youtube videos. If you keep it in your hand you’re more likely to absentmindedly drink water without even thinking about it. This is great for days when you’ve not had as much water as you’d like or need. I find that using this method I can finish drinking a full 22 oz during one Grey’s Anatomy or Walking Dead episode (especially if it’s a crazy episode). Try it!
Be more active: When you work out or are more active your body will naturally crave more water, so get moving! Hikes, walks, playing a sport for fun, working out, biking, roller skating, etc, they're all great ways to get more active--have fun with it!
If all else fails: If you’re having a particularly hard time drinking enough water try making a lot of water based (as opposed to plant-milk based) smoothies! Sometimes late at night, especially in the summer, I’ll make a “watered down” smoothie with less fruit and more water. It’s still super tasty, still full of water, but with the added benefit of whatever fruit or greens you’re adding.
So those are my tips! I hope they help you like they helped me! I’d love to hear any tips you may have! Have a great week! Stay hydrated!