Monday, January 28, 2013
5 Easy Ways to Drink More Water
We all know that you are supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, maybe more depending on your body weight, if you are working out or if you live in a hot climate. It's recommended that men drink at least 3 liters of water a day and women drink about 2.
8 glasses equals 2 liters of water and I don't know about you, but that seems like a whole lot of water to drink in one day! Proper hydration is essential for the body. Water affects every system in the body from flushing out toxins and carrying nutrients to cells. It also helps to lubricate joints, prevent constipation and regulate body temperature. I could go on and on about the benefits of water but I think you get the idea. Water = Good.
Did you also know that drinking 2-3 liters of water will boost your metabolism by up to 33% ? That got your attention didn't it! I've been trying to clean up my diet and take better care of myself over the past few weeks. I get into unhealthy habits of snacking on too much junk food and failing to eat my veggies! Now that I am pregnant I am trying even harder to take care of myself by eating healthy and drinking enough fluids. For myself, part of eating clean means drinking 2 liters of water a day but it can be so hard to drink that much water! Especially because, to be honest, water can taste kind of boring. Unless I am dying of thirst I pretty much can never chug a whole glass of water. I have come up with some ways to make getting the proper amount of water easier. Here is what I have been doing to make sure I get my 2 liters a day!
1. Start off the day with a glass of lemon and warm water.
Try to get in the habit of starting your morning with a tall glass of warm water with lemon squeezed in it. Lemon water helps to balance the Ph of your body and is great for your health. Not only does it aid in digestion and help cleanse your liver, the pectin fiber in the lemon helps with weight loss as well by controlling hunger pangs and cravings.
2.Use water flavor enhancers and take a water bottle with with you on the go
I bought a travel water bottle that will hold 1 liter of water. Half of my daily requirement. I found this new product I love. Crystal Light Pure. The box has little packets of crystals you add to your water to make it essentially into juice. The great thing about Crystal Light Pure is that it is sweetened with Stevia and not aspartame. It doesn't have any artificial ingredients or preservatives so I don't need to worry that drinking large quantities will be bad for my body. I mix the Crystal Light into my liter of water and take it with me to work or when I am out and about.
3. Decaffeinated beverages count too
Decaf coffee, tea, juice and milk count too!
Try mixing fruit juice with water 50/50. You can cut back on the fruit sugar but still have some flavor. Green tea is great for your health and nice to drink instead of coffee in the morning. Green tea can have caffeine in it so you may want to try decaf herbal teas like chamomile before bed. Are you addicted to soda? Why not swap out unhealthy soft drinks for a can of V-8 or a glass of milk instead?
4. Spicy Foods
I am super sensitive to spicy foods. My taste buds really can't handle the heat. If I add a little hot sauce to my meals I am pretty much guaranteed to be chugging water until the burn is gone. This has always been an easy way to increase my water intake.
5. Drink water before every meal
Try to commit to drinking a glass of water before every meal. Not only with this provide you with 3 glasses of your daily requirement but it will help fill you up and prevent you from overeating.
An easy way to tell if you are properly hydrated is the color of your urine. If you are ingesting enough fluids it should be colorless. Note: Some vitamins like vitamin b will turn your urine bright yellow so take that into account if you take vitamins.
What are some of your tips for drinking enough water?