If you're like me, drinking water by the gallon doesn't come easily, I really have to work everyday, and remind myself every single day to have water. Some days, I just don't want it, which is normal, but I still try to get in at least one or two glasses on those days. Water is vital to our daily functions, so we need to do whatever we can to get as much of it in our systems as possible. Here are a few simple tips for increasing your daily water intake.Drink Through A Straw This might sound weird (or maybe not), but, I drink a lot more water daily, when it's through a straw. I always struggled with finishing cups of water, or bottles of water, until I started using straws. Gulping water feels so tedious to me, but taking sips through a straw makes drinking feel effortless, and before I know it, I'm finishing my glasses of water in no time.
Infuse It I know for a lot of people, myself included, craving water doesn't really happen, because it's plain, and has no distinctive taste. One thing I'd highly recommend, is using pieces of (frozen or fresh) fruit, berries, or mint to add flavor. My go-to is good old lemon water, because it's simple and tasty, but, I also like to add raspberries, limes, mint-infused ice cubes, or cucumber. There are tons of combinations you can choose from, and it's a fun, nutritious way to step up your water game.
First Thing In The AM! Kick-start your metabolism, and awaken your system by having your first full glass of water, just after you wake up in the morning. As mentioned, it benefits your entire body to have water first thing, and it ensures that you at least get one glass of water for the day. I know when I start my day off with water, I feel less groggy, and have more mental clarity.
Post Workout This is going to sound super obvious, but drinking water after you workout, is one of the best ways to drink more water. A lot of people will go for Gatorade, Coconut Water, or whatever, and never touch water. I used to see it all the time when I did sports in school, even at our thirstiest, we just wouldn't touch water, or we'd take little sips from the water fountain. There's nothing wrong with having sports drinks, but they don't substitute water at all. Make sure plain water is the first thing you reach for during and after your workouts, to help properly restore hydration.
Look, we all know we're supposed to drink water daily, and we all know the health benefits of drinking water: younger-looking skin, aids in weight loss, boosts your immune system, helps you think more clearly, and a whole lot more—despite knowing this, we still don't drink enough water. I've made it my personal mission to drink water every single day, I just follow those easy tips, and I've found that I drink quite a bit more water than I normally do. Just a small increase in water intake has changed how I feel physically and mentally, I definitely notice differences in my mood and energy levels when I don't have any, or have too little in a day. I can't say enough good things about drinking water, so, if you're someone who's struggling, I hope these tips can be of help!
Do you guys have any tips of your own for drinking more water? What are some combinations of fruit that you add to your water?
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