5 Tips To Increase Your Water Intake

It’s common knowledge that increasing your water intake can improve overall health. Your digestive system needs sufficient water to have healthy bowel movements. It aids in brain function, lubricates joints, boosts skin health, and more!

Experts recommend you drink .5 to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. That means if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 75 to 160 ounces of water per day. If that number seems a little daunting, we put together some ways for you to increase your water intake by making it a part of your daily routine.

Start Early

Many of us reach for our morning coffee after a couple of sips of water in the morning. Challenge yourself to drink at least 16 ounces of water BEFORE you drink any coffee. This sets you up for successfully hydrating all day!

Find A Water Bottle You Love

Whether you’re walking around Target or searching on Amazon, you’ve probably seen hundreds of cute water bottles. Before you buy ANOTHER water one, identify what style works for your lifestyle.

Do you prefer drinking from straws? Is it important to have a water bottle that doesn’t sweat? Are you a visual person who needs to SEE their progress throughout the day? Once you determine the style of water bottle you enjoy using, find one that fits your needs!

Change It Up

You don’t have to stick to plain water and ice all day. Try incorporating different kinds of water. There’s no limit to seltzer flavors now available. Coconut water is filled with nutrients and incredibly hydrating. Instead of coffee, try tea in the afternoons! Hydration drops or tablets also add some flavor to your plain water to make it more enjoyable. 

Eat Your Water

Did you know there are PLENTY of foods that are high in water content? If you’re having trouble getting your daily ounces in, try eating water-rich foods for meals and snacks. Some foods to consider are watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, oranges, cucumbers, zucchini, broth, celery, bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and grapefruit. 

Log It

At the end of your day, log how much water you drank and how you’re feeling. It’s likely on the days you drink sufficient water, your body will feel better and you’ll sleep better. Doing this can encourage you to continue to reach your water goals!