This is the 4th in a 4 Part series “Are You Drinking Enough Water”. In Part 1, we discussed the importance of drinking water each day and how water impacts your health. In Part 2, how your body uses that water to perform specific functions was listed. Part 3, the signs your body gives you that you are dehydrated were discussed. Now, Part 4, will give you specific tips to make sure you drink the water you need.
Here are a few tips to help you increase your water intake up and stay hydrated throughout your day:
Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work, home or running errands. When the water is close by and within reach, you will drink it more often.
Choose water instead of caffeinated or sugar-sweetened beverages. Soda will actually rob your body of vital minerals and nutrients so grab water first.
Spice up your water by adding a wedge of lime, lemon, raspberries (or any berry) or a sprig of mint.
Drink pure water from a good source, preferably in a glass container; plastic containers leech toxins into the water.
Avoid diuretic beverages such as coffee, highly caffeinated teas and energy drinks. If you do consume these types of beverages, go back to the calculations and increase your water intake to make up for the diuretic beverage.
Sip water throughout the day, instead of guzzling it. There’s a limit to how much water your intestines can absorb at a time.
Drinking water throughout the day will actually curb your appetite.
Although getting enough water is your goal, everyone will develop their own methods of getting their daily intake. Since everyone is bio-individual, you may find that you need more water based on your activity throughout the day, as well as, the temperature of the space where you work.
Now that you know more about why you need to keep hydrated, this will help you estimate better how much you need to drink each day.