Just like the air we breathe and the food we eat, water is a necessity of life. As a majority of our body is made of water, it’s no surprise that our survival depends so heavily on it. Without this essential nutrient, we risk damage to our health both in the short term (leading to fatigue, headaches, dizziness or constipation), but also in the long term (having it impact blood pressure, body temperature, cognition or kidney function).
Besides allowing your body to operate better, drinking more water increases energy, improves physical performance, aids in maintaining clearer skin and giving better digestion.
Humans need water, but many people are simply not getting enough of this beverage in their daily lives. If you’re a busy bee with a hectic schedule, making sure you drink the recommended 2 liters of water everyday can be a challenge.
If this sounds like you, here are 6 simple ways to help you obtain optimal hydration and make drinking sufficient amount of water a regular part of your everyday routine!
- Purchase a Water Bottle
Gift yourself a water bottle you enjoy looking at; one that fits your preferences in style and comfort. There are water bottles with a variety of colors, shapes, designs and sizes. Find one that speaks to you and make this a part of the things you always carry!
- Keep Your Water Bottle Close
Put your water bottle next to things you wouldn’t leave your house without. This way, when you go to grab your wallet, phone and keys before leaving the house, you’ll be sure to grab your water bottle as well! Should you ever forget to grab a bottle from home, keep an extra water bottle in the car for daily use. I recommend that you leave your bottle in places you know you will always look: keep it on the desk you work at, in your gym locker or in your purse. Doing such things will serve as a visual reminder to you to drink more water no matter where you are, or what you’re doing. Remember that making water as assessable as possible is the best way to stay hydrated!
- Give Yourself Reminders
It takes time to ingrain new habits into your daily routine so be sure to give yourself gentle reminders to drink up! Write yourself a note and put it where you will see it, set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour, use an app or pen/paper to track your water intake, or ask a friend to help hold you accountable. Regardless of what method you choose, make sure you have some way to encourage and remind yourself to stay on track. In time, regularly hydrating yourself will become second nature!
- Set a Goal
Decide how much water you want to drink in a day to give yourself something to work towards. Even though 2 liters is the recommended amount, it’s okay to start small and build up. Whether it’s starting with a single glass during meals or replacing another beverage with water, make a commitment to begin somewhere. Small steps can make a big impact!
- Flavor Your Water
If the plain taste of water turns you off, explore some ways to add flavor! Some ways to do this are to add a splash of lemon or
infuse your drink overnight with various fruits and vegetables like berries or cucumbers. By spicing up your everyday water, water can become something you look forward to, instead of something that you feel obligated to drink.
- Eat More Water-Rich Foods
While good old water provides the purest form of hydration, fruits and vegetable (like celery, cucumbers and melons), as well as broth-based soups, provide great water content. Sneak more of these water-rich foods into your diet as another means of hydration, but don’t forget that such things aren’t enough to actually replace drinking water!
Whether you try one or all of these suggestions, find a plan that works for you. Give yourself time to reflect, take note of things that help you drink more water, and acknowledge the progress you’ve made to better honor your health!