In my previous blog post on how to have a productive day, I mentioned drinking water as one of my top ten tips. Drinking water is super important. After all, our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water. We lose water so easily and so it is essential to put it back.
Our bodies lose water when we sweat, cry, secrete mucus, pee, poop, eat, even breathe. Yes, breathe. So you see, it is crucial for our health to drink water because our bodies use it to carry out many major and daily functions.
I know, I know, “drinking water is boring” or “it has no taste/flavor”. This blog post will more than likely include tips you already know on how to consume water. However, that is why they are repeated so often because they are key to providing your body with the water it needs to carry out its activities.
So without further ado, here are my top 5 tips for drinking more water.
- Tip #1: Drink water as soon as you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning really kick starts your immune system and gets your digestive system flowing. Your excretory system benefits the most as the kidney is the main organ of this system and filters the water in our bodies in order to pass on the waste to the other excretory organs. Additionally, this labor of love will improve the health of your skin cells by keeping them hydrated thus reducing the chance of wrinkles and also fights acne as it flushes out the toxins from your body.
- Tip #2: Spice it up a bit. I sometimes get tired of drinking plain old water. When I get in such a mood, I like to add fruits and veggies to mix things up. You can add strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, blueberries, and the juice from an orange or lime too. You can even step out of the box and add different fruits and veggies. Please let me know what you try because I would love to try them as well.
- Tip #3: Eat your water. When you’re tired of drinking water throughout the day, you can simply eat it. Foods that are high in water content and are really good for bloating are cucumbers, lettuce, celery, broccoli, watermelon (I LOVE watermelon), carrots, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, kiwis, and the list goes on. Certainly you eat at least one of these on a regular basis which means you are well on your way to eating your water.
- Tip #4: Track your water intake. I advise you to get a 1 liter bottle or a bottle with measurements on it and fill that up with room temperature water every day. The goal of the day is to finish that bottle by sun down. This way you can know exactly how many liters you drink throughout the day. Another way you could track your water intake is with an app specifically for doing just that. I have a friend who used to set alarms to remind her to drink her water. There is an old Kendrick song entitled ‘Swimming Pools’ and the intro went something like this; pour up, drank, head shot, drank, sit down, drank, stand up, drank and so forth. So what she did was set her alarms for all those lines which came up to about 8 alarms. At the end of the day she would have drank 8 glasses of water. I found it hilarious but clever.
- Tip #5: Invest in a filter system. Water can be expensive to buy every day or however often you buy your water. Investing in a filter system will not only save you money but is safer for the environment by eliminating the amount of plastic you consume (not digest). I know there is the option of recycling but not everyone has the means and time while others just don’t care. Nonetheless a filter gives you the freedom to consuming as much water as your little heart desires and most filters don’t require a change until after 2 to 3 months. That is a lot of water drinking time.
The benefits of drinking water are innumerable but trust and believe that you will not regret one drop. Bottoms up Lovelies.