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How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answer. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years. But your individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. No single formula fits everyone. But knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?
We’ve been told constantly to “drink eight glasses a day.” For starters, staying properly hydrated can help with energy levels, and brain and immune function – whereas dehydration can cause unclear thinking and result in mood changes. But in addition to the cognitive advantages, staying hydrated also improves your blood circulation, flushing out toxins and impurities so your skin can remain hydrated and clear. But despite the known benefits, it can be a challenge to reach our intake goal even when day after day our body is clearly telling us to “drink more water.”
One of the telltale signs that you should up your water game is, you guessed it: thirst. But according to science, when this happens you’re already dehydrated. Staying on top of your water intake can be easy and one of the most recommended ways to ensure you are drinking enough water is to have it in arms reach. Here are seven tips for how you can stay hydrated and drink more water every day.
- Treat yourself to a nice water bottle
You can find so many styles and sizes, you can even have one personalized just for you! Look for one that offers all day insulation and you’ll have cold water at the ready whenever you need it. You’ll know exactly how much water you’ve drank so you can track your input for the day. Also, drinking out of a non-plastic bottle is great because yes, the environment matters!
- Add lemon or lime to your water
Drinking lemon water also comes with its own list of added benefits such as preventing kidney stones and providing much-needed vitamin C, which is vital in the body’s healing process.
- Use a water app
Daily Water Tracker Reminder and Aqualert: Water Tracker Daily, notify you throughout the day to keep you properly hydrated. Just download them to your phone and start tracking.
- Opt for water when eating out
Because this can be seen as a special “treat,” it’s common to get the urge to order a soda, but next time, consider opting for water as your beverage of choice.
- Keep water bottles filled in your house, car and even in your bag
Keeping a bottle in the living room, kitchen and bedroom are great starter spots. You can also include your purse or car – it’s a great way for bringing water on the go.
- Bring a water bottle to your next workout
Whether it’s yoga in the living room or a morning walk, you’re more likely to get dehydrated since your body is losing water as you sweat. By taking breaks and drinking water, you can guarantee you’ll remain hydrated throughout your workout.
- Reward yourself when you hit your goal
We all love to be rewarded for daily tasks and it’s good to know you’ve accomplished something on your list of to-dos — and drinking water is no exception. Pat yourself on the back by treating yourself to something special when you meet your weekly or monthly goal!
Information and excerpts from: The Mayo Clinic Staff. “Water: How much should you drink every day?”.https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256 and from: Castleberry, Chloe.”7 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Single Day”. sheknows, April 14, 2021.