Healthy Habit #1: Drink More Water

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We’re going to start this blog series “12 steps to dramatically improve your health” with a baby step of drinking more water. In theory this should be really easy to do, but the challenge is having water beside you to drink it.

Benefits of Water

There are SO many great reasons why you should drink the recommended intake of water in a day. To name a few…

  • Clear up your skin
  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Improve digestion and circulation
  • Suppresses appetite (most times you think you are hungry but actually your thirsty)
  • Reduce fatigue and increase energy
  • Help body repair and eliminate wastes

How Much is Enough

As a easy rule of thumb, your recommended daily intake of water should be half your weight in ounces. So if you are 150 lbs for example, your body requires 75 ozs of water. Another great indicator that your body is getting enough water is if your urine is clear.

Many of us know that water is a good thing to add into our daily diet/routine but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. When making a new healthy routine for yourself, it is a daily effort to stick to it. It would be awesome if these things just fell into our life easily, but that isn’t always the case.

How To Integrate More Water Into Your Day

I’d say I’m a pretty healthy person but I am even guilty of not getting enough water everyday. Often I will fill up my glass to bring to my work station (or wherever I’m going), drink it within a couple minutes and forget to fill it back up for a couple hours. We get busy in our days and often won’t drink the water if it isn’t there.

Here are a couple tricks I’ve learned to drink enough water in a day:

  • Buy a large water bottle and fill it to the top first things in the morning.. take this with you everywhere you go and sip away. When it’s empty, fill it up again.
  • Sometimes water can be BORING, so I like to add the juice of a lemon to a glass. We have even started drinking this at night a couple nights a week in place of the wine/beer. Lemon water is very if you don’t get alot of vegetables in your diet, this will have a great affect on balancing your body
  • Start drinking water early in the morning.  If you fulfill your water intake earlier in the day, you don’t have to worry about. The more water you drink, the less coffee/alcohol/juice you will drink. Your body can only hold so many liquids
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables which contain water naturally.
  • Herbal teas also count as water intake! Unfortunately caffeinated teas/coffees/pop do not because they are dehydrating. For ever caffeinated drink, you need to drink one full glass of water to offset.
  • Juice contains water but it doesn’t count as a water serving. Juice contains lots of sugar so doesn’t have the same purifying effect as water.
  • Track your progress and set a timeline. If you are mindful of a deadline you have set to complete this goal, you will be more likely to succeed. For example, you can say for the next three weeks I want to drink my recommended intake of water. Did you know it takes 21 days to develop a new habit?

Best of luck with your first challenge. If you have any other strategies that have helped you drink more water, I encourage you write a comment below.


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