4 Great Ways to Up Your Water Intake

Posted April 5, 2013 by in Health + Fitness

Tired, fatigued or worn out? Has your skin been extra dry lately? You could just be dehydrated. Our body uses a lot of water to function daily, meaning we need to consume just as much as our body puts out, if not more.

Doctors want us to drink at least eight (8oz) glasses of water a day. Unfortunately, coffee and soda don’t count. Neither do drinks like Vitamin Water and Gatorade. One bottle of Vitamin Water has 100 calories! Multiply that by 8 and you’re looking at a whooping 800 calories a day just in liquid. Just stick to your basic tap water cleaned in a filter pitcher.

Here are a few great ways to remember to get enough H20 for a happy and healthy you:

1. Carry around a water bottle in a bright fluorescent color.

Have one at school/work and one at home so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it anywhere. Every time you take a glance at your electric yellow or hot pink water bottle you’ll be reminded to take a sip. Try filling it up twice at work/school and twice at home. Setting goals for yourself will make it more fun!

2. Tally up your total water intake.

Carry around a notebook and tally up your water consumption. Or even make a tally on your water bottle with a dry erase marker.  Try and get to four during the day and four in the evening. Getting to ten (80z) glasses would be even better!

3. Drink tea!

Get hydrated with tea, hot or cold! Just make sure you keep sugar, milk and cream out of it. Green tea is a great option with a lot of added health benefits. If you have a hard time drinking tea without sweetener, give rooibus a try. It’s naturally sweet!

4. Drink a full glass of water before every snack and meal.

This could even help you control your calorie intake. A lot of times when we’re hungry we’re actually just thirsty.

If you follow these tips you’ll notice a difference in no time!