Recently I made it a priority to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. I know we’ve said a million times that drinking water is important for helping you get that glow from the inside and out. So I decided it was time to start practicing what I preach. Here are 5 lessons I learned by seriously upping my water intake.
1. Keep a water bottle glued to your hip
My water bottle goes with me everywhere, and I make sure it’s filled up before I head out the door. Because it turns out that I was clueless about how much soda I was drinking. Having water handy made it easy to see how often I reached for soda when eating out or on the go because I was thirsty. Making water my main beverage helped me slash my diet soda habit. And it was easy to sip on water as I ran errands or waited in car line.
2. Guzzle before you eat
Water with lemon is the perfect beverage before breakfast. And now I won’t eat until I’ve emptied my 32-ounce water bottle before lunch and dinner. This helps me eat less as thirst is often mistaken for hunger, and it helps me feel full. Plus it prevents me from drinking during meals, which can interfere with digestion.
3. Drink from the tap
I am not a fan of plastic water bottles. Tap water is so easy, and it’s free! So I’d much rather invest in a good water filter that I can use over and over rather than drink and toss plastic bottles. Try a filtered water pitcher that reduces bad taste, odor, chloramine and chlorine from your water. And, it’s kind to the environment as 1 filter is equal to 450 water bottles!
4. Flavor is your friend
Switching to plain, filtered water can be an abrupt switch if you’re used to sweetened sodas or teas. So don’t be afraid to add flavor with spices (cinnamon or ginger), fruit (berries or lemon), herbs (mint or rosemary) or veggies (cucumber). You can also dilute a couple of tablespoons of apple or other juice into your water. Making water feel like a treat instead of a chore will make you more inclined to reach for it.
5. Give yourself credit for the extras
When you think about how much water you use in a day you realize it’s all the time! I use water to make my morning coffee and my afternoon green tea. I add filtered water to my favorite Glowing Green smoothie. And you need water for fresh simple syrups for better-tasting cocktails. All of those count!
6. You’ll start to crave it
You would think that after drinking so much water that you’d never be thirsty, but it’s the opposite. When I fell off the water wagon a few times I was surprised how much I felt the impact. I was super thirsty, tired and sluggish. Suddenly I was craving water more than food, and that never happens. This is one experiment I will definitely continue!
What tricks do you use to up your water intake?157