staying hydrated

posted on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Before I get way into this post I must be totally honest with you, I am not the best at staying hydrated. All I know is that I feel so much better on days that I drink a ton of water vs. days when I don’t. I think I look better, but even better than that is I know I feel better. It’s so easy to forget to drink water, even though it’s so simple to do. You just drink. Water. Lots of it. And take many a trip to the loo, but anyway, I digress. If you’re still having trouble or hate drinking water, here are a few things that have helped me. Most of these are pretty obvious, but have really been key and it all bears repeating. So, continue on for your daily kick in the pants to drink more water.

– First things first, get yourself a water bottle. Really, this is the easiest way to do it. I always use a water bottle and rarely pull out a glass at home. It’s easier to keep count of how much I drink. Oh and get yourself a filtered pitcher if you can’t stand the taste of tap water. I am thinking of getting one of those portable filtered water bottles for when we travel. What can I say? My taste buds are picky.

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– Make keeping count of those ounces easier by downloading an app. I use Waterlogged and it makes keeping track of my water consumption easy and maybe even a little fun? It’s like crossing off another to-do item on my list, every time I record another water bottle finished. I count water and La Croix (sparkling water) and unsweetened tea, but I don’t count other drinks.

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– I never really loved water growing up, but I LOVED soda and always craved the bubbly, sweet and refreshing taste of each sip. To curve that, I switched to La Croix. Pour a can over some ice and add a little bit of your favorite juice. It gives you that bubbly and sweet taste you’re missing.

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– Adding lemon to plain water has also really helped. I know this is another obvious one, but it’s great when you’re trying to get used to drinking more water. I’d steer clear of having too much lemon water, as the acid in the lemon can make your teeth sensitive, but try it for a little while to help you get used to drinking plain water. Infusing your water with cucumber  is also a way to spruce it up a bit and make you feel fancy. Because we all need to feel fancy every once in a while.

Last but not least, just try it. Yes, that’s another big tip. JUST TRY IT. Try getting enough water everyday for a week. I started with 75 ounces a day and now I shoot for a gallon a day. It sounds like a lot, but I’ve noticed such a huge difference and you’ll get used to it. Now that I’ve been shooting for 128 oz, that 75 is a breeze. You’ll also get used to extra trips to the bathroom. Maybe. But, hey! At least all of that extra exercise is good for you, right?

Cheers!

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