How To Drink More Water

Check out these tips for staying hydrated and lap up the benefits!

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Staying hydrated is one of the most basic ways we can take care of our bodies. It is vital that humans consume water as it  supports key aspects of our functioning.  And although we might know how important it is, it can sometimes be a difficult habit to maintain. But have no fear, there are lots of simple ways to motivate ourselves to keep drinking water and boost our mental and physical wellbeing while doing so.

Why drinking water can be difficult

Live Science, a digital platform offering interesting science news, says that a  large percentage of people are chronically dehydrated. Some studies conducted in the United States suggest that this is true for about 75% of adults. And most of them might not even be aware they are dehydrated.

According to The Mayo Clinic, the amount of water we need to drink daily can differ, but in general,  2.7 liters of fluids for women and 3.7 liters of fluids for men are recommended. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from the foods we consume and the rest should be from drinking beverages.

The average lifestyle in the United States doesn't accommodate that amount of liquid consumption, and so many people take the side effects of dehydration as given. The most classic symptoms of dehydration include feeling tired, sluggish and experiencing a general lack of energy. And although drinking coffee and rest might help with some of those symptoms, the root cause may unfortunately not be dealt with.

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Tips for drinking more water

So how do we get on track with our water drinking? At first, it will require a conscious effort. Some people find it helpful to set reminders on their phones or on their daily to do lists, tracking and marking each cup of water they drink. Others feel like they need outside motivation and have a “buddy system” with a friend, supporting each other and working together to meet their hydration goals.

Buying an attractive, quality water bottle is a popular recommendation, and also helps us stay away from the plastic and less environmentally friendly water consumption containers. And for those people who aren’t such fans of the taste of water, that’s ok! Adding slices of fresh lemon, fruit-infused water or coconut water are healthy and delicious beverage options as well. 

Something else to keep in mind when on your hydration journey is that there’s no need to make things difficult. In fact, the opposite is true trying to make things as easy and as convenient as possible can work wonders. Leaving water bottles in key areas around the house, for example, can help as visual reminders. Also, adding water-drinking into daily routines can be extremely effective as well. For example, making sure to drink a cup of water before every meal, before brushing teeth and before leaving the house can add lots of much needed fluids into our bodies!

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The benefits of drinking more water

Every cell and organ in our body needs water to work properly, says Healthline. Water helps keep our temperature normal, lubricates the joints and protects sensitive tissues. It gets rid of wastes through urination and perspiration, and is incredibly important for our brain function. 

When people start consuming more water, lots of times they notice an increase of energy, general feeling of wellbeing and even a clearer mind. Some notice their skin looking healthier and an improvement in their digestion. Others might not notice many changes in their physical wellbeing but do notice an improved mood and having an easier time concentrating. Because just like plants need to be watered to bloom and grow into themselves, so do humans. 

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