You've heard it before and you'll hear it again: drink lots of water! Especially when it comes to concerns of beauty, water tends to be the first recommendation because staying hydrated is known to improve your skin, hair, and nails. But more importantly, water is necessary to help your body function properly in every aspect. It's not just about getting a nicer complexion or longer hair (although water can help with these). Drinking the right amount of water can also help increase your energy, improve overall brain function, regulate your weight and sleep, prevent headaches, strengthen your immune system, and the list goes on.
So we've established that, yes staying hydrated is important and why but what about the how? When we're on the grind all day, it's easy to forget to also be on top of our water intake. But there's a ton of tips and tricks that you can start doing to make sure that we're keeping our bodies quenched. Read on to find out how.
In order to stay properly hydrated, it's important that you actually know how much water your body really needs. We've all heard the standard 8 glasses of water a day but that's not necessarily true for everyone. How much water you actually need will depend on a lot of factors including weight, activity level, health, and the weather. Yes, even the weather plays a role in how much water you'll need because the hotter the weather the more likely you are to sweat meaning the more water you'll have to drink. Because everyone's bodies and lifestyles are different, there's no universal set number. A more accurate guide is drinking half of your body weight in ounces. Then depending on your activity level and health factors like being sick or pregnant, you'll have to increase your water intake even more.
And now that you've gotten a better idea of how much water you actually need to drink, you can try out all these tricks to actually meet your daily goal.
Set a schedule
Having a full schedule could make it seem like you're too busy to keep up with water but you can actually use it to your advantage. Use your schedule as triggers to drink water. For example, every time you get out of a meeting, you have to drink a glass of water. You can also commit yourself to drink a glass of water right after you wake up, right before your break, etc. Alternatively, mark down how much water you should drink by certain times of the day. You can make your own or get a water bottle that already has a schedule. This way you can track if you've been getting enough or if you're behind.
Track your intake
Speaking of tracking, you can also jot down every time you finish a glass of water a day or get an app on your phone that will keep track of it for you. A lot of these apps can also be set up to remind you to drink when you're starting to fall behind. If you want to get super techy, there are even water bottles nowadays that measure how much water you've drunk and will flash or send a notification to your phone encouraging you to have more water.
Make water more appealing
The lure of sodas and other sugary drinks can often be more luring than plain water. But that's what fruit and water flavoring is for! Adding some flavor to your water will make it more tasty and appealing to reach for. You can also set little rewards for yourself for days that you meet your water intake goals. Set up challenges and games with friends so that you can also encourage each other to get that water in. You could play a water version of a drinking game like every time someone says a certain phrase, you have to take a sip.
Eat your water
Luckily for all of us, drinking water alone is not the only way to meet your hydration needs. There are a lot of foods that have water in them that can also help keep you hydrated. Fruits and vegetables are partly made up of water content which is just another reason why you should eat a balanced diet consisting of these foods. Some of the fruits and vegetables with the highest water content include:
Cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, grapefruit, watermelon, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, grapes, cherries, celery, and cauliflower.
Beware of certain foods and drinks
Just like there's a lot of foods that can help you stay more hydrated, there's also foods and drinks that can work against your goals. Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can all be more dehydrating so try to cut down on them or at least make sure to match a glass of water for every one of these drinks you have. Instead of pasta which is a dry and heavy carb, try alternatives like zucchini noodles which are about 95% water.
Despite all the benefits, a lot of us still have trouble drinking enough water throughout the day. There may seem like a lot of different reasons why you don't drink water as much as you should but with all the benefits and tips to stay quenched all day, there's plenty of reasons to improve! Now go drink some water.