3 Easy Ways to Drink More Water
“Drink more water…your skin, your hair, your mind and your body will thank you.” MotiveWeight
10 second summary: Drink an extra glass of water today. Water is a simple key to daily health that’s easy to forget…but easy to do. So no stress, guzzle an extra tall glass now and go on your way.
Easy ways to drink more water
We’ve probably all heard that we’re supposed to drink more water and that many of us go around dehydrated. Since drinking water seems like a simple key to daily health, I thought I’d dive into the topic today along with you. So today’s goal is super simple—drink more water!
Good question. Answers vary, but I like the simple yet makes-sense stuff from the physicians at Mayo Clinic in their article “Water: How Much Should you Drink Every Day?” In summary, they say that the advice we’ve all heard to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is a good place to start. That boils down to about 1.9 liters, and the docs say “although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember.”
The article goes on to discuss that your age, gender, amount of exercise for the day, humidity in the air, and other factors affect how much water we really need. So for women, the actual daily need is likely closer to 9 cups of water, or 2.2 liters (13 cups or 3 liters for the men in our lives).
Exercise plays a big role too. The Mayo group says, “If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss.” An extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water should do the trick for most of us, though intense athletic activities may require more and should include some electrolytes or sports drinks containing sodium.
OK so what’s the math adding up to at this point? Looks like if we’re exercising like we should we’re at about 11 or 12 cups daily. I say round up to 12 and call it good.
10 reasons to drink more water
If you’re like me you’re probably already convinced of the great reasons to drink more water, but here are 10 reminders from Breaking Muscle HQ in their article “10 Life-Changing Reasons to Drink More Water”:
- If you don’t drink water, you will die. Duh! Sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Our bodies can live longer without food than water, so drink up.
- Prevent cancer. Wow, didn’t know that…apparently drinking water can help prevent some forms of cancer, including possibly breast cancer, by up to 50%. Sweet!
- Be less cranky. OK I gotta admit I may fall in this bucket sometimes. Anyone with me? Take a breath and drink water.
- Perform better. Helps you perform physical and mental activities better.
- Lose weight. Sometimes our bodies think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty. So next time you’re craving a snack, drink a glass of water and wait a bit. You may just need to be hydrated.
- Have less joint pain. As I get older I can totally understand this one.
- Flush out waste and bacteria. Get the good stuff in and the bad stuff out.
- Prevent headaches. Many headaches are caused by dehydration so next time your head hurts, drink water to help the pain go away. And drink water to prevent them in the first place.
- Makes your skin glow. Loving it, much less expensive than all those crazy skin creams. Glowing skin from the inside out brought to you by…water! (The quote above says water does the same for your hair. Sounds good to me.)
- Feed your body. Water helps with your body’s circulation so even if we’re eating well our bodies can’t benefit from the nutrients without water to help carry them to the proper areas.
3 easy ways to drink more water
OK so recapping…our goal today is to drink 12 cups of water. Here are a few tips to help us remember:
- Carry water everywhere. I admit, I’m a water-aholic, and one of those rare peeps that’s actually made myself sick by drinking too much water, per my doctors. (I know, it’s weird and rare, but it stated when I had pneumonia and literally couldn’t breathe ‘cause I was dehydrated and all the gunk got too thick. Scary and I overcompensated for a while by drinking too much water!) It’s super-unlikely that you’ll go overboard like I did, but I have a balance now that works. I carry around a 1 liter sports bottle and drink it wherever I go. If I drink at least 2 a day I’m at my 8 cups. Drinking 3 is my goal, and I can usually make that happen ‘cause it’s always there when I need it.
- Use the “rubber band trick.” One of my fitness instructors once told her class to put rubber bands on the tops of our water bottles to track how much we drink. One rubber band around the bottle towards the top for every bottle of water we need to drink. So if you’ve got a 24 ounce water bottle, you need to drink 4 of those per day. Put 4 rubber bands around the top, and every time you drink a full bottle, move a rubber band down to the bottom of the bottle. The goal is to end the day with all of your rubber bands down low. Easy and fun!
- Eat raw fruits and veggies. They are water-rich and according to Breaking Muscle HQ you can get your water from them too, not just from your cup or sports bottle.
So here’s to you ladies—cheers from my water bottle to yours. Drink up, and get your 12 cups of water in today.