5 Ways to Drink More Water

5 Ways to Drink More Water

TAKE CHARGE on 03.19.13
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How much water should you drink every day? The answer depends on several factors, including how much you exercise and sweat. But for most people, the simplest answer is: more than you’re drinking right now. Experts have estimated that as many as 80% of Americans aren’t getting enough water.

Although pregnant and nursing moms are at a higher risk for dehydration, all busy parents should be on the look out for signs that life has gotten in the way of us taking care of ourselves. Dehydration can cause dry mouth, increased thirst, dizziness, heart palpitations, and confusion. If you want to avoid these symptoms and reap the rewards of proper hydration, which can include looking younger, having more energy, and losing weight more easily, it’s time to ramp up your liquid intake.

1. Drink something with every meal. Whether it’s water, orange juice, or a cup of coffee, a glass of something liquid instantly makes your meal better for you. And contrary to popular belief, caffeinated beverages do actually improve hydration (just not as well as water does). So get in the habit of sipping between bites!

2. Carry a water bottle everywhere. If you have water with you, you’re more likely to drink it. If you don’t, it’s just to easy to dismiss that tiny hint of thirst when you’re on the go. Invest in a water bottle you really like and start taking it with you whenever you leave the house.

3. Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge. You’re more likely to grab a glass of water if that’s the first thing you see when you go looking for a snack. Plus, cold water seems to taste better than the room temperature stuff that comes out of the tap. Everyone in my family drinks more water when we make sure to keep a pitcher full.

4. Replace what comes out. If you have trouble picking up the all-day sipping habit, try keeping a glass on your bathroom counter. Every time you urinate, drink a cup of water to immediately replace what was lost.

5. Give in to your taste buds. Is ice cold water just not appealing to you? Try flavored waters, cucumber water, or green tea. Even drinking coffee is better than not drinking anything (although you will want to watch your caffeine intake if you’re having trouble sleeping).

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