It seems like everyone on my Facebook feed is trying to drink more water or complaining about having to drink more water. I know that drinking water is important for your overall health, after all more than 60% of our bodies are water. And did you know that by the time you feel thirsty you are already on your way to dehydration?
I’m going to be honest here, I hate drinking water….I am a sweet tea kinda girl and was dreading drinking the recommended amount of water but I have come up with some tips to get my daily water allowance in.
Remember, these are just my tips and what I am doing myself. If you have any questions please consult your doctor.
8 Tips for Drinking More Water
Tip #1–Drink a glass of water as soon as you get out of bed. This part is easy (kinda) for me. I take thyroid medication and it has to be taken on an empty stomach so I get out of bed and head to the kitchen. Since I need water to take my medication I just make sure to drink a full 8 oz.
Tip #2– Drink your water room temperature. I have sensitive teeth so I hate that feeling of cold water hitting my teeth. I feel it is easier for me to chug down my water when it is room temperature.
Tip #3–Always have a glass already full. I carry my water glass around with me wherever I go in the house. Whether I am at my desk, in my kitchen, sitting at the school table I always have a glass close by. That way I can just sip as I do my work.
Tip #4– Add some lemon or cucumber slices to it. On those days where I just CAN NOT drink another sip of water I cut up some lemons or cucumbers and add them to my water. It adds just enough flavor to keep me happy.
Tip #5–Drink it out of a portable plastic tumbler like this tumbler with straw. If you have a glass that you can easily take with you when you are on the go you are more likely to drink from it. That way I can just take my water with me when I am running errands or heading to practice with the kids. Plus it is reusable so it is better for the enviroment.
Tip #6– Always drink a glass of water before dinner. This helps me feel full and prevents me from being too hungry when I sit down to eat.
Tip #7– Drink a glass of water after dinner. I always try to get a glass of water in before bedtime and I find that if I do it while I am cleaning up after dinner then I don’t have to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Tip #8–Stick with it! I find that the first few days of drinking water are tough to get used to but after a few days it is no longer a big deal. In fact, it is amazing to me how quickly I adapt to water and how after I drink water other drinks(like sweet tea) start to taste bad–I guess my tastebuds really do adjust!
Want to read more? Check out this post my friend Steph wrote about 5 Reasons to Drink More Water.
Leave a comment and let me know how much water you drink each day and what tips you use to make sure you are getting enough!