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Simple Ways to Increase Water Intake

By Donna Stark

Eight cups. It certainly doesn't sound like a lot, but if you struggle with drinking water, eight cups may as well be 80, am I right? And believe it or not, you aren't the only one who feels this way! Many people struggle to stay properly hydrated, even while knowing that drinking water is essential for their health. So what can you do? Well, if the thought of drinking that much water seems impossible to achieve, take a few minutes to read the suggestions below. They may be exactly what you need!

Flavor Your Water

Nobody has ever accused you of being bland, so why should your water be? The great thing about water is that it has no flavor, which means, you can make it taste like anything you want! Do you like citrus? Try infusing it with lemons, limes, and oranges. Prefer a blended taste? Toss in some berries, mint leaves, or cucumber slices, too! There are plenty of options you can choose from that will make your water taste better so you will end up drinking more of it!  

Eat More Soup

That's right, it's time to start cooking! Soup is a great way to get more water into your body, but there is a catch! You should definitely stick to water-based soups for the most hydrating benefits. And now that the temperatures are dropping outside, there is no better time to do this. So, pull out your favorite recipes and make a batch of soup every week! In addition to increasing your water intake, those hot bowls of pure deliciousness will keep you warm during the next couple of months.

Don't Buy Anything Else

You are going to need a lot of willpower to do this, but the results will be worth it! Don't buy anything but water to drink. When you are shopping for groceries, skip the soda, tea, and juice aisles. When you are eating at your favorite restaurant, don't order any other kind of beverage. The temptations are going to be strong, but if you can keep all other drinks out of your home and out of your hands, you will end up consuming more water than you ever did before! 

Water Is Your Friend

Don't let those eight cups overwhelm you. By making some simple changes to your daily routine and staying committed to your health, there will be a day when they are no longer a challenge. And who knows? You may even start to like this new habit of yours.

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