You probably already know that it’s important to drink enough water. A minimum of eight glasses of water a day is recommended. You should aim for more if it is really hot, or you are working out and sweating a lot. Getting enough water in your body will prevent you from getting dehydrated.
Early Signs of Dehydration
- increased thirst
- dry mouth
- sticky saliva
- reduced urine output with dark yellow urine
- lack of energy
None of these sound very fun. I know it is hard sometimes to drink that much water; especially when sodas and coffee tempt us. However, to stay healthy and feel great, we should strive to drink those eight glasses of water a day.
Tips on Drinking Water
Keep A Log
This can be done right from your phone just download an app that reminds you to drink water and keeps track of how much water you drink. This will also help motivate you to get the amount of water you need everyday.
Make it Less Boring
Some people may tend to get bored with drinking just water after a few days. Here are a few ways you can change things up.
- Try fruit-infused water (you can purchase special water bottle for this)
- Add flavor with sugar-free mixes such as Crystal light
- Get your water from foods that contain a large amount of water, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes are all old choices.
- Set a goal and try get a streak of hitting that goal going using an app
- Drink Some Water When You Feel Hungry
Drink Water When You Feel Hungry
If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. You may just be thirsty.
Carry A Water Bottle
It’s much easier to drink water when you have it readily available. So go get yourself a nice water bottle and keep it full. You’ll be sipping away the water without even noticing it.
Drink More If You Are Working Out
Make sure you drink a few extra glasses of water if you work out, or if you spend some time outside while it’s hot. Your body uses and needs more water when you sweats a lot. So don’t forget to fill back up on water during and after your exercise.
Just pay attention to how much you drink and implement some of these ideas if you don’t get the recommended eight glasses of water a day. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.
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