7 Ways To Stay Hydrated If You’re Bad At Drinking Water
Water seems to be the answer to all of our problems. Want to lose weight? Drink water. Have a headache? Drink water. Came down with a cold? Drink water. If we know that hydration is key for our health and well-being, why does it sometimes feel so difficult to accomplish? The truth is, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a busy day, it’s easy to forget this simple task. But, we may have the answers to your water-drinking problems. Here are seven ways to fill up on H2O – even if you’re really bad at drinking water.
1. Make A Splash
We get it. Sometimes you just want to ditch plain, boring water. Try infusing your water with fruits, veggies or herbs. By adding the item of your choice to your H2O, you have a delicious alternative that is packed with nutrients, full of flavor and even better to look at it.
2. Eat It Up
If you’re not going to guzzle it down, you might as well eat it up. Many fruits and veggies are full of H2O (like watermelon and cucumber) and will replenish your body with water, electrolytes and much-needed vitamin C and D.
3. All Liquids Count
We’re happy to report that your Starbucks addiction is not dehydrating you. Even though caffeine is a diuretic, you can actually count the caffeinated drinks toward your total fluid intake, Lauren Slayton, RD, the author of The Little Book of Thin and the founder of Foodtrainers in New York City, told Fitness Magazine. In fact, eight ounces of coffee is equivalent to roughly four ounces of water. If you’re a tea drinker, even better – herbal tea is especially hydrating. Bottom line: Count all of your liquids.
4. Set A Reminder
When you have a meeting at work, you probably add it to your calendar. Why does hydrating have to be any different? Set a reoccurring notification on your phone that will remind you to drink H2O throughout your day. You can even make them playful with fun emojis or motivational messages. Keep calm and stay hydrated.
5. Go Bubbly
Seltzer is the perfect fix for when you want more than still water but when you still need the hydration. But there’s a catch. The bubbles in seltzer water expand the stomach and give a sensation of fullness. Oftentimes, this leads people to drink less than H2O than their body requires.
6. Liquify It
Can’t decide on just one hydrating option? Blend your favorite flavors into one delicious smoothie – now you have breakfast. If you can’t convince yourself to drink water in the morning, smoothies are a great way to get your day started with some much-needed hydration.
7. Plan Ahead
Preparation is key. Gather up all of your liquids for the day – whether that be seltzer, sports drinks, lemonade or coffee – and lay them out on your desk. This way, you have the constant reminder to hydrate all day, every day.