As the summer months rapidly approach, and the temperatures start to heat up in most places, now is the best time to focus on ramping up your water intake. Water has so many benefits to your overall health and well being. Therefore, making sure you are hydrating enough is essential to living. Keep reading if you need some simple tips and tricks to drink more water!
Now, I know that for some of you, this is not a problem whatsoever. But for others who enjoy liquids other than water, this can be tricky for you. As for me, it has not always been easy. However, over the years, I have figured out how to make sure I am staying well hydrated throughout my day.
A good rule of thumb for your daily water intake is half of your body weight in ounces. Therefore, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking roughly 75 ounces or more, EVERY DAY!
Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Won’t I have to go to the bathroom all the time?” And the answer is “YES”! That is a good thing. Keep drinking-WATER. While I consider this to be the only con, let’s consider what some of the many benefits are to drinking water.
⇒ Water helps to deliver oxygen throughout the body
⇒ It is essential for many organs to function and do their job well.
⇒ Water helps to aid in clear and healthy looking skin.
⇒ Helps you poop! Yes, your digestive system needs water to help it function properly. If you tend to be constipated, try drinking water first.
⇒ May help with weight loss. If you are used to drinking sugary drinks, try by beginning to sub out those drinks for water. In doing so, you are flushing your body of the unnecessary sugar and are hydrating your body with the right fluids.
Ok, so now that we know WHY drinking water is so beneficial to our health, here are some tips to help you increase your water intake throughout your day:
1. Buy a water bottle you will use! The bigger the better. OR, use one you already have.
Invest in a water bottle that you will use! Know how many ounces are in it so it will be easy for you to determine how many times you will need to refill it to get in your daily allotted amount. OR, if you already have one but have yet to use it, maybe start with putting that one to good use;)
2. Place a glass full of water on your bed stand before you go to bed.
Be sure to drink it first thing when you wake up in the mornings. This will mentally and physically help you kick-start your day and give you that daily reminder to start your day with water and create a habit!
3. Don’t just take “sips”. CHUG!
When drinking your water, don’t just take sips. CHUG! Doing this will ensure that you are setting yourself up for success. Yes, you will probably have to go to the bathroom shortly. That’s ok!
4. Drink half of your minimum amount before noon.
I always try to drink at least half of my minimum amount of water before noon. I am a competitive person at heart, so I use it as sort of a competition against the water!
I find that if I don’t drink at least half before noon, then I either don’t get in my minimum amount or I end up drinking all the water at the end of my day forcing me to have to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night. And let’s be real, who really enjoys disrupting a good night’s sleep to go to the bathroom. Not me!
5. Drink a glass of water or chug from your water bottle before each meal.
If you do this, you may find that you aren’t as hungry as you had thought which will help you to not overeat at meal times. This trick is also helpful throughout your day if you think you are hungry, try drinking some water before you snack. Wait a little bit and if you’re still hungry, then eat something. If not, then go back to your daily tasks.
I hope this helps you, mama!
Remember, our benefits for drinking water far outweighs our cons for not drinking water. Water is ESSENTIAL to living so go purchase yourself a water bottle and let’s stay hydrated!
For more nutrition tips and tricks, check out this Pinterest board!
Good luck, mama:)
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