Trying to drink more water daily can be challenging especially if you hate water and would rather be drinking something else. For as long as I can remember I have always struggled with drinking water. Growing up I would always go for a sweetened beverage when I got thirsty rather than reaching for water. As I got older I realized the importance of water and made an effort to start drinking more. Now that summer is officially upon us it is even more necessary to consume more water. During those hot days, water is a key element in staying hydrated which also helps keep you cool. For this very reason, I wanted to share 7 simple tips to help you drink more water.
Why you should drink water?
Before I share those tips I wanted you to tell you why you should drink more water by sharing some of the benefits of drinking enough water as well as the effects of not drinking enough. There are several benefits to drinking water. Research shows that 60% of the human body is made up of water. While there is no universally agreed quantity of water that should be consumed it is essential that you drink the amount your body needs to function daily. Some benefits of drinking water are that; it improves skin health, it regulates body temperature, it helps with weight loss and it also aids in the prevention of headaches. Failure to consume enough water may result in constipation, excessive thirst, a drop in energy level as well as joint pains.
7 Simple Tips to Help You Drink More Water
- Eat your water
- Add flavour to the water
- Get a reusable water bottle
- Track your daily intake
- Create incentives for reaching daily goals
- Make use of your phone
- Add it to your routine
Eat your water
One way to increase your daily water intake is by consuming foods that contain high water content. There are several fruits and vegetables which have high water content. While it may not be enough to only consume fruits and vegetables as your daily source of water adding these high water content foods to your diet can aid in helping you to consume more water. Here are some examples of fruits and vegetables with high water content: cucumber (96%), bell/sweet peppers (92%), broccoli (91%), watermelon (92.5%), oranges (87%), tomatoes (94%).
Add flavour to your water
Many people hate drinking water because of the taste or lack thereof. Fortunately, this is no longer an issue as fruit infused water is here to save the day. Add your own flavour to the water by putting fruits and vegetables in it. There are endless possibilities where fruit infused water is concerned. You can choose from a wide variety of fruits such as berries, citrus fruits or apples or you can add vegetables like cucumbers. Plain water is a thing of the past so no more excuses. As an added bonus fruit infused water can be a refreshing substitute for sugary drinks.
Get a reusable water bottle
A great way to get into the habit of drinking water is to purchase a reusable water bottle and take it with you everywhere. The common phrase ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ proves true as you can go an entire day without realizing you haven’t had a drink of water until you either see someone drinking it or see it in your refrigerator. Having a water bottle at all times will encourage you to take a sip occasionally. This is a very good tip for persons who may not like to walk to the water cooler every time they need a drink. You also have the option to customize your water bottle that way you will enjoy using it.
Track your daily intake
One good way to ensure that you drink enough water is by keeping track of your daily intake. This can be done by making a note when you drink water and how much you drink. This is easy if you use a water bottle that has measurements on it. You can also challenge yourself by setting simple goals as it relates to drinking water, for example, let’s say we are using the ‘8 glasses per day’ rule, you could challenge yourself to drink three glasses before lunch, three glasses before dinner and then two glasses before bed. The competition will help you become more disciplined in your water drinking journey.
Create incentives for reaching daily goals
Speaking of competition, what better way to encourage the habit of drinking water than by rewarding yourself for meeting your daily drinking goals? It’s your reward so you can choose however you want to reward yourself. Whether it’s an extra cup of coffee in the evening or an additional hour binge-watching a show the choice is yours. Creating an incentive will motivate you to work harder towards reaching your goal, working hard, in this case, would be drinking more water.
Make use of your phone
We have been blessed with an amazing piece of technology called the cell phone. Now before you ask what a cell phone has to do with drinking water I’ll just tell you. Your cell phone can be used to track your water intake. There are apps available for both iPhone and Android users that can help you keep track of how many glasses you’ve had. Some apps will even recommend customized intakes and send notifications when it’s time to take a sip. You can also use your phone to set reminders and alarms for those moments when you forget to have a drink.
Add it to your daily routine
It is said that the best way to create a habit is to commit to something for thirty days. If you wish to get into the habit of drinking water you should add it to your daily routine. Maybe your morning routine consists of getting out of bed, combing your hair, hopping into the shower and having breakfast. You may change this routine by drinking two glasses of water between getting out of bed and having breakfast. While you can choose to drink both glasses successively you may also alternate between activities. If you continue to do this it will eventually seem natural to have water as part of your morning routine. For the coffee lovers, you may practise drinking water while waiting for your coffee to brew. These simple changes will quickly get you into the habit of drinking water and this is one habit your body will appreciate.
You are not alone in your struggle to improve your health by drinking more water. I can attest to that feeling and while I have started my journey to drink more water I still have a long way to go. The key to getting into the habit is to start and find creative ways to make it easier. It is important that we learn to appreciate the taste of water because every sip is worth it. If you want additional tips on how to drink more water you can read it here.
Tell me in the comments below what you do to drink more water. Thanks for reading.
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We all need to stay hydrated. These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading!
It’s taken until my late 20’s, but I’m finally getting better at drinking enough water throughout the day. I love to add lemon or lime to my water, and I always have an insulated water bottle on hand to keep it cold and refreshing! I also enjoy “eating” my water too. It makes me laugh when I read that phrase, but it really does help! These are excellent tips.
LoL, it’s the same for me. Drinking water was always a struggle until I started taking it seriously and so far so good. Thanks for reading!
Those are some really good tips. I Always try but somehow keep forgetting to drink enough water. Having tracker would definitely help.
Thanks for reading! The tracker certainly helps to hold you accountable when you forget to take your sips.
I’ve been drinking more water these days, and I can tell a difference. I had no idea that bell pepper and broccoli had such a high water content! You reminded me that I should use a phone app to track my water consumption – thanks!
Thanks for reading, I’m happy I could help.
I always forget about #1
It can be easy to overlook fruits as a source of water.
Carbonated water with just a little citrus is my favorite. These are great tips and learned something new, didn’t realize how much water bell peppers had.
That does sound refreshing. Thanks for reading!
Much needed for this heat advisory & current season!
I’m happy you found it useful thanks for reading!
One of the best things I’ve done for my water intake was to get a gallon jug and carry it around. I’m competitive and want to finish it daily so I usually do.
That’s great, I have a 1 litre bottle which I try to finish at least twice while at work and then when I get home. Having it in close range really helped me improve my intake.
Great article on why we should drink more water and how we can get it. I wrote one similar!https://www.optimizedlife.com/advantage-and-disadvantage-of-drinking-water/ I love infused water ! Great info
Thanks so much, I will give yours a read.
I’m usually good but on busy days can forget. I really need to set a timer on my phone.
Work on that girl. Thanks for reading!
For me, the reusable water trick is the best way for me to make sure I’m drinking enough. Great post!
Thanks for reading. It’s also the best one for me.
I love these tips! They are very helpful. Sometimes it’s hard to get in a lot of water. So thankyou!
Shandel | babygirlsbible.com
Thank you for reading. It can be a a struggle sometimes.
Great tips, I like the one about flavoring it. I’m going to try cucumber mint today!
Thank you for reading!
These are great tips! I’m terrible about remembering to drink water. I don’t really get thirsty unless I’m working out. Thank you for sharing!
No problem, I was like that too but I’m working on it.
Great tips especially for a person like me who don’t like to drink water. I find that I do drink more when I have a water bottle with me. Thanks for sharing
It was my pleaseure. Thank you for reading!
Thanks so much! This is very much needed at the moment as it’s about 34 Celsius in London at the moment and I really struggle to drink more water. Your tips are real life savers!
Thank you so much! You could also read this: http://kimberleywrites.com/10-cool-ways-beat-heat-summer/ for some tips on keeping cool.
oooh I needed that my Dr was telling me today I’m dehydrated… Is there a specific app for IOS you recommend?
I use an Android phone so I can’t give a true recommendation but I currently use ‘Daily Water’ which I believe has an app for IOS which you could try. My experience so far is good.
I am always striving to drink more water and looking for tips to help me achieve that goal!
That’s an awesome goal to have! Thank you for reading
I saw a significant change in the amount of water I drink on a daily basis the second I started carrying a reusable bottle around with me. It’s such a small shift for a big pay off.
That’s awesome it was the same for me. It also led me to get a bigger bottle.
Love these tips & tricks, I struggle with drinking water everyday thanks for hyping up water. Will definitely try these out!
Lol no prob. I know that feeling all too well. You should and tell me how it goes!
Sometimes I forget to drink water, so keeping track of it on my phone seems like a great idea! Thanks for sharing your tips (:
Erika Marie | https://imerikamarie.com
You are welcome, thank you for reading!
Great tips! I like finding foods with a high water content and adding fruit to mine. Right now we have lemons and kiwis in our water and it’s so good!
Thank you so much. That sounds really good.
I’m definitely going to use some of these tips. I’m terrible at drinking water!!
Lol, you should. You will feel so much better when you start drinking more.
Thank you for this! I always forget to add flavor to my water… and love the idea of eating my water!! 💦
You’re welcome and thank you for reading.
Thanks for these tips!! I know I don’t drink enough water, but I’d rather just have coffee all day. LOL! I like the tip about eating the water. I’m a snacker, and maybe I’d feel better about my snacking if it was healthy and full of water.
LOL I’m a snacker too but girl you should definitely try adding water to your diet, even by challenging yourself to drink a glass of water everytime you drink coffee. You won’t regret it.
i had NO idea broccoli had so much water retention!!! wow… thanks for enlightening me. i love my green veggie and feel even better knowing that.
Joy at The Joyous Living
You are welcome, thank you for reading! I am more of a fruit person, I don’t eat as much green veggies as I should but I love broccoli.
Great tips! I love to add fresh strawberries or cucumber to my water. I also love to puree watermelon or strawberries and make Popsicles for me and the kids, especially during the summer or when the kids are sick.
Thank you so much! I will have to try the Popsicle idea.
GREAT advice! I live in Texas, so I need to be chugging water so much in this heat. I just downloaded a water tracking app on my phone to help!!!
That’s great. I’m glad I could help motivate you.
Wow, these are amazing tips thanks for sharing. I definitely need to try the fruit one.
Thank you! You should try it.
Adding fruit makes all the difference! Water, like you said, lacks taste and is an extremely unexciting thing to drink on its own. But add a little fruit and it’s more enjoyable
I completely agree, drinking plain water can suck especially when you have a liking for sweet beverages.
Thanks for the tips. I definitely need to drink more water. I swear I’m running on coffee and energy drinks alone. So not healthy 😂
Lol, girl same! I only recently started really making an effort to drink more water, but I’m already starting to see the benefits.
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Very nice tips Kimberley. I really appreciate the tip on eating my water and I have certainly found that by having a water bottle I drink more water.
Thank you and it really works