Water contains more health benefits than perhaps any other mineral on earth. When you’re well hydrated, it allows for your body to operate at full capacity. Water helps our circulation, makes us feel better, rids our bodies of toxins, replenishes cells, organs, and blood flow, and helps us maintain a healthy weight.

Here are some reasons to drink more water.

  1. Water, or lack of water, can influence the brain.
  2. When you sweat during exercise, you lose some of your body weight, leading to dehydration if you don’t replenish the fluids.
  3. By drinking more water, you support normal kidney function, which increases the amount of urine that passes through your kidneys and flushes toxins from your body.
  4. Water is critical for digestion. It prevents constipation and keeps the bowels moving by helping to process soluble fiber and fat.
  5. Staying hydrated also helps to eliminate toxins from the body, which can damage the gut by causing inflammation and irritation.
  6. Drinking more water can also aid with weight loss.

Here are our best tips for drinking more water every day.

  1. You can add a little bit of excitement and flavor by steeping fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) in your carafe.
  2. Start a habit by linking drinking water with one of your most common daily activities—going to the bathroom.
  3. If you are making dinner at home, sip while you cook and prep.
  4. Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app like daily water. Download them to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.
  5. If you’re drinking something extra sweet like juice, lemonade, or iced tea, water down your beverage by adding ice or even diluting a cup with some water.
  6. Keep a gallon jug or large carafe at your desk, by the bed at home, and on the kitchen counter as a constant reminder to drink up.
  7. The more you have to look at that water jug, the more you’ll remember to fill it and drink it.
  8. If you’re in one of those modes where just about any fizzy drink will do, choose a fizzy water. Add a squeeze of lime juice, and it’s basically like drinking a fancy mocktail.
  9. Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
  10. Make a rule that as soon as you finish a container you have to fill it back up again.
  11. Make a rule that every time you work out, you’ll bring a water bottle and finish the whole thing.

Look, we’re all already doing certain things everyday: getting out of bed, getting into bed, brushing our teeth, having breakfast, doing the dishes, going for a walk, etc. etc. Basically, if you tie each of these transitions to drinking water, before you know it you will have hit your goals. Getting up for a walk? Drink a glass of water. Going to lunch? Drink water. Leaving the house? Drink water. Coming home? Drink water. Going to get the mail? Sitting down to play video games? Walking over to get your book and then sit on the couch to read? Drink that water!

 

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