Tips for Drinking More Water: All About Water and Making it Part of a Daily Routine
Just like the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” we’re sure you’ve also probably heard the whole “Drink at least eight glasses of water a day” thing. But what does this even mean? Well, we’re going to tell you!
Our bodies are composed of roughly 60% water, which we need for our systems to function properly and at their best. Dehydration can occur if we lose as little as two percent of our bodies’ water content. And, by the time we realize we’re thirsty, it’s too late! Dehydration has already set in, and many times, we’re left to pay the consequences.
Today we’re going to share a few tips on how you can make sure you’re getting your daily minimum amount of water intake. But first, we want to go over WHY water is so beneficial.
Well, most importantly, if we don’t drink water, we’ll die. We can only go a few days without water, so we’d say it’s pretty important.
Water also helps:
Maximize Physical Performance
Water is essential for transporting nutrients throughout our bodies. When we’re dehydrated, this system of transportation slows down and isn’t as efficient as it should be. Plus, our muscles are actually composed of 75% water; so, without water, dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance - all which can hinder physical performance.
Energy Levels and Brain Function
Feeling a little low on energy? Forget the coffee, and grab a bottle of water! Dehydration, as we mentioned above, can cause fatigue and make us feel tired. Our brains also depend on water so they can perform their best. And that’s pretty important.
Research says dehydration can affect mood and even cause crankiness and confusion. Best drink more water because clear thinking is good, people!
Prevent and Treat Headaches
Sometimes headaches and/or migraines can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate the pain. Next time you feel a headache coming on, wait on the ibuprofen and try drinking some water first!
Water helps relieve constipation by adding fluids to the colon, which makes it easier for our bodies to flush out waste and bacteria. When we’re dehydrated, our bodies can’t process waste properly, which causes toxins and other yucky stuff to stick around inside our bodies. No, thanks!
Treat Kidney Stones
Increased water intake could potentially decrease the risk of kidney stone formation by increasing the volume of urine passing through the kidneys. This dilutes the concentration of minerals so they are less likely to crystallize and form clumps, leading to kidney stones.
Prevent and Treat Hangovers
Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes our bodies to lose more water than we take in. This can obviously lead to dehydration. Reduce the chances of being hungover by drinking glasses of water between drinks - and have at least one large glass of water before going to bed. If you’re already hungover, drink water to hydrate and alleviate any head pounding.
Promote Weight Loss
Water can help promote weight loss in a few ways. It helps us feel full (causing us to eat less) and boosts metabolism. Drinking cold water is best for weight loss because it will cause our bodies to burn calories to heat the water to body temperature.
Promote Clear Skin
One of the side effects of not having enough water is skin issues such as clogged pores and acne. These occur because toxins aren’t being flushed out of our systems properly. A hydrated body also improves the color and texture of our skin by generating quick cell renewal.
Prevent Body Aches and Pains
Staying hydrated can reduce pain in joints by keeping the cartilage soft. Ever heard of glucosamine? This is actually what it does! Water, like glucosamine, helps reduce joint pain by helping our bodies’ cartilage absorb water.
Water may help loosen congested sinuses and promote a faster recovery when we’re feeling ill.
The amount of water each person needs varies depending on diet, age, activity level, etc., but it’s safe to say that we should aim to drink at least half our body weight in ounces of water each day. This means that if you weigh 150 pounds, you should try to drink at least 75 ounces (about 9 glasses) of water daily.
Tips for Making Water a Priority
- Drink a glass of water …
- as soon as you wake up.
- 30 minutes before eating a large meal.
- after every bathroom break.
- Keep a water bottle on hand at all times.
- Add flavor (drink packets, a squeeze of citrus, or even fruit-infusing with something like this).
- Eat your H2O! Fruits and veggies with a high water content totally count! Try cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
- Track your daily water intake using ...
- an app.
- a journal.
- a high-tech water bottle like this.
- a marked water bottle like this.
- Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice.
- Use a filter for home use like this or on-the-go like this.
- Choose sparkling or mineral water instead of soda.
Before you know it, you’ll be reaching the minimum amount of water intake you need - without even thinking about it. By using these tips, drinking more water will start to feel like second nature. And, your body and mind will reap all the benefits! We’ll drink to that!