Tips to trick your body into drinking more water.
Water is critically important in all of our bodily functions. Water flushes toxins from our bodies and transports nutrients to our cells. When you drink plenty of water, you’ll notice that your body feels and functions better. Staying hydrated is one of the best steps you can take to bolster your overall health. Dehydration, or a lack of water, can have dangerous health consequences. Therefore it’s important that we all get plenty of water and other fluids each and every day.
How much water should you drink? As a general guideline, men should consume 3 liters and women should consume 2.2 liters of fluid from beverages daily. If that sounds like much more than you typically drink, you may need to trick your body into drinking more water.
Ways To Increase Your Fluid Intake
If your water consumption is a far cry from the National Academy of Science Adequate Intake guidelines and you want to increase your fluid intake, here are a handful of ideas that may help:
Keep a refillable bottle on hand. Strategically position bottles and glasses everywhere—on the kitchen counter, on the bathroom counter, on your nightstand, on your office desk, in your car, and in your daily backpack or tote bag. If a water bottle or glass of water is right in front of you, you’re much more likely to drink.
Make sure you like your bottle. Choose a bottle that suits your personal style, that closes securely, and that offers comfortable conveniences like an integrated carry loop or insulated stainless steel. If you enjoy using your bottle, you’ll enjoy drinking what’s inside.
A good sports bottle is critical to ensure that you get plenty of fluids while exercising. Try the new BlenderBottle® Hydration Halex sports bottle while cycling, running, or in Spin class. The patent-pending core valve and integrated straw enable you to gulp with the bottle upright—there’s no need to tilt back your head.
Drink an eight-ounce glass of water at the beginning and end of every day. Down one first thing in the morning while your coffee brews, then another as you get ready for bed.
Set an alarm for hourly intervals throughout the day. Every time the alarm sounds, drink a few swigs of water.
Whenever you feel thirsty, drink. The thirst sensation is your body’s trigger to tell you what it needs. Even better, stay on top of your hydration and prevent getting thirsty in the first place by drinking at regular intervals throughout the day.
Fill your plate with high water content fruits and vegetables to up your fluid intake. Top choices include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, celery, and tomatoes.
Pay attention to how much you drink. Use a bottle with volume marks on the side to track your daily fluid intake. Go all in with the BlenderBottle® Hydration Koda jug—empty one of these each day and you’ll have consumed 2.2 liters of fluid! A free app like Daily Water or Waterlogged is another great way to track your fluid intake and stay on top of your hydration goals.
Set a daily water-drinking challenge and reward yourself each time you successfully complete a week or a month of daily goals.
Make hydration a priority and you’ll soon be drinking plenty of water as part of your daily routine without having to give it a second thought. And there’s no question that your health will benefit.
Curious whether or not the temperature of your drinking water matters? Learn the answer here.