Tips to Help Get All the Water You Need
By Sara Butler
Your body needs a lot of water per day to keep it running at its best. Water is needed by every single system in your body to function properly, from your blood to your brain to your skin. When you drink enough water per day, you’ll burn more fat, have more energy, have healthier skin, and crave fewer unhealthy foods. But that still doesn’t make it easy to reach your daily quota. If you feel as if you’re not getting enough water, here are a few simple tricks and tips to help.
How Much Do You Need?
You may have heard that eight glasses of water per day is what you should aim for, but that’s no longer what medical professionals recommend. Now, you should drink half of the weight of your body in ounces of water per day.
That means if you’re a 200-pound person, you should drink 100 ounces of water each day. That’s a lot of water! But remember, you get water from the foods you eat as well as the glasses you drink, so be mindful of what you’re eating too.
Sip on Hot Water
Most people like to start their day off with a cup of coffee or tea, but consider starting it off with water instead. While you’re waiting for your caffeine to brew, microwave a glass of water and add some lemon to it. Then sip on it as you wait. After you have a cup of coffee or tea, have another cup of water. This is a great strategy to slip in a few extra ounces of water per day.
Have Water Bottle, Will Travel
Find a reusable water bottle that you like and take it with you wherever you go. Sip from it throughout the day and make sure to fill it up when it’s empty. Slap an inspirational sticker on it and really make it yours. The more personalized the bottle, the less likely you are to leave it behind.
Make sure to sip no matter where you are -- in your office, in the car, at home, or at the gym. If you have to, buy more than one water bottle to stash in places you can easily access, such as next to your couch, in your bag, or underneath your desk at work.
Getting enough water each day is important, so make sure you do what you can to meet your daily intake goals!
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