How to Add More Water Into Your Diet
By Genevieve Cunningham
Everyone knows that water is one of the best things for your body. When you don’t get enough, it can bring on some frustrating side effects. Your digestion may slow down, your skin may break out, your ability to think clearly may be hindered … and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Water is our lifeforce. And yet, so many of us don’t get enough in our everyday diets. We have a million excuses: We forgot, we don’t like the flavor, we don’t have time for restroom breaks. Whatever the case may be, avoiding water will only bring down your health. But it’s a tough habit to start. To get more water in your life, take a look at these easy ways to add more of the good stuff into your life every single day.
Add Water to Meals
If you currently drink soda or tea with your meal, add a glass of water also. Or if you can, eliminate the alternative and go straight for the H2O. This will not only give you at least three extra glasses a day, but it will help you eat less. The water will make you feel full, so you’ll likely take in fewer calories throughout the day. If this is tough for you, add both ice and lemon to the water to give it that fresh, restaurant flavor. You’re much more likely to drink this than a cup of regular tap water.
Class It Up
The more appealing you make water appear, the more likely you are to drink it. Instead of reaching for that old plastic cup in the cabinet, keep a water pitcher in the refrigerator. Make sure that it is filled with cold water and perhaps some of your favorite fruit. At dinner, put your water in a wine glass. At work, buy a cute water bottle or cup to leave on your desk. You might be surprised at how much more you drink if you just change the appearance.
Set a Goal (and Keep Track)
If you’re the kind who likes competition, try to set yourself a goal and then keep track of it with an app. Start slowly … if you’re currently drinking one glass a day, start by shooting for three or four glasses a day. Once you’ve met that goal, add more. Sometimes setting an end goal makes you more anxious to get the job done. And by the time the competition is over, you’ll likely feel so much better because of the water that the habit will stick around for a while.
Water is something that you quite literally can’t live without. And yet, we still don’t drink enough! Don’t let the negative side effects of dehydration get you. Drink more water to improve your health and feel better than ever.