We all know that we need water to be healthy, however it isn’t always easy to remember to drink enough water throughout the day. Especially with summer approaching, proper hydration is immensely important! There are many science-backed benefits to drinking water, some of which include increased energy levels, better brain function, and improved regulation of body temperature.
It’s not difficult to remember to drink water after eating or when you’re feeling thirsty, but that’s usually not enough water. It’s important to consistently drink water throughout the day in order to ensure proper hydration levels. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink at least 101 ounces of water a day, while women should drink at least 74 ounces a day. While that all sounds great, how can you actually remember to drink that much water each day? Continue reading to discover simple ways to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Get some water through food
Getting extra water through food is a simple way to improve your hydration. With summer approaching quickly, we can easily get water through food. Fortunately, there are plenty of tasty foods that are hydrating. Some great summer foods that have lots of water include watermelon, strawberries, peaches, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Grape and cherry tomatoes are particularly easy to pack, making them an excellent, hydrating snack!
Add some flavor to your water
If you get bored of drinking plain water, consider adding some flavor to your water. When you need to mix it up, add some lemons, cucumber slices, limes, or oranges. Basically, the possibilities are endless! Furthermore, by adding some healthy fruits or vegetables, your water becomes even healthier because you are getting additional vitamins from the fruits and veggies.
Get a bigger water bottle
When you have a large water bottle, you’re more likely to remember to drink enough water. If you’re drinking water from bottles that are only 8 or 12 ounces, it’s highly likely that you’ll forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Large reusable water bottles are available basically everywhere. You can find them at Target, Amazon, S’well. Additionally, if you’re seeking some extra motivation to drink water, there are large motivational water bottles that indicate how much water you need to drink by a specific time of day and include a motivational quote like “You’ve got it” or “Don’t give up.”
Drink a glass of water before every meal
If you feel like you just don’t have enough time to consistently drink water throughout the day, or you feel like you need some extra hydration, consider drinking a glass of water before each meal. Not only will that help you stay hydrated, studies indicate that drinking a glass of water before eating helps increase feelings of fullness and aids digestion.
Set a reminder
Setting a reminder on your phone to drink some water is a great way to ensure that you don’t forget about it. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in all the work and responsibilities of the day, however if you’re not hydrated properly, you won’t be as productive in the long run. Furthermore, you can also use the hydration reminder as a reminder to get up, stretch, and walk around a bit. You can either set a reminder on your phone by yourself or you can check out some of the hydration apps. Our personal favorite hydration apps include Water Reminder, Daily Water Tracker Reminder, and Aqualert: Water Tracker Daily.
Don’t drink only water
If you’re not a big fan of drinking water, don’t force yourself to only drink water. Contrary to popular belief, water isn’t the only healthy drink that can help you stay hydrated. There are several healthy alternatives to water, some of which include sparkling water, unsweetened iced or hot tea, low-sodium broths, healthy juices (cranberry, pomegranate, tomato) and almond or coconut milk.
Smoothies are an amazing, healthy, and tasty way to stay hydrated. Considering that you can add whatever fruits or vegetables you’d like, the possibilities with smoothies are endless. Furthermore, if you’d like your smoothie to be even more hydrating, consider incorporating fruits and veggies that have a high water content, such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, cucumbers, and plain yogurt.