Have you ever felt thirsty? This may seem like a silly question; we all have. The thing is, if we’re properly hydrated, we shouldn’t be feeling parched at all. Thirst is the first of many symptoms of dehydration, and a warning sign to your body that you’re in need of water as soon as possible. From there on, you might experience headaches, dizziness, drowsiness or constipation. Severe dehydration can even land you in the hospital.
What’s the solution? Drink water.
It seems pretty simple and straightforward. And yet, somehow, a good amount of the population still struggles with it daily. In a world full of sugary and highly caffeinated beverages, water has become the least appealing, although it is the most necessary to our health.
If you are having trouble getting into the habit of drinking water, you’re not alone, but it starts with you and your daily efforts. Here are some tips to make your water-guzzling endeavor a little easier.
- Add Water to Your Morning Routine
One of the most important things you can do when you’re trying to drink more water is to establish it as a permanent routine in your life. As soon as you wake up, get into the habit of drinking two 8-oz glasses of water. This will hydrate your body while you prepare yourself for the day, and wake your brain up more quickly so it can efficiently perform the tasks at hand.
- Invest in a Good Bottle
Buying a reusable water bottle is not only an eco-friendly decision, but also a smart one when it comes to drinking more water. If you find a glass or BPA-free plastic bottle with a design you like, chances are you’ll drink more water. In addition, you can keep a reusable water bottle on-hand in your car or bag and refill whenever you need to.
- Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally full of water. Cucumbers, celery and melons are a few examples of produce that are especially packed with H₂O, not to mention being delicious. By adding these to your diet, you can boost your water intake without actually having to drink more. Food and simplicity; it’s the best of both worlds.
- Get a Water Cooler
What is more appealing and convenient than a jug of water, chilled and ready at your convenience? Making a water cooler a permanent installment in your house or workplace might seem like a major expense, but for those who forget to drink water often, it can serve as a visual reminder to stay hydrated.
- Drink Herbal Tea
Normally, tea and coffee contains some amount of caffeine, which acts as a stimulant and diuretic, making you release more of your bodily fluid and ultimately, dehydrating you. However, if you can replace one or more of your daily beverages with decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea, it would be another step to helping you retain more of the liquids you consume.
- Flavor Your Water
There are a plethora of different water flavorings on the market now with some containing sugar, while most are sugar free. Some even contain additional electrolytes to keep you hydrated. But if you aren’t a big fan of artificial sweeteners it’s probably best to stray from the pre-made stuff and flavor your water naturally. This can be done easily by slicing up fruits or vegetables and adding them to a jug or bottle of water overnight. Citrus fruits, berries, and cucumbers are fantastic for making flavored water, but you can use whichever fruits or vegetables you enjoy most.
- Quench Before Bed
In order to stay hydrated through the night, it’s best to drink a little bit of water before bed. You won’t want to leave the mass of your water intake until that time, since it would likely have you running to the bathroom all night. A few gulps will suffice. Bring a glass of water to bed with you and leave it on your nightstand in case you’re thirsty through the night.