TIPS TO DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER (DAILY)
1. You can add a little bit of excitement and flavor by steeping fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) in your carafe.
2. Drink a glass after every bathroom break helps lower blood pressure. The more water you drink, the more you'll have to go to the bathroom, which means the more water you will drink, and so on.
3. Use an app to track your cups. Download free app to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms
4. Water down your beverage by adding ice or even diluting a cup with some water. You’ll still get the sweetness you’re craving and have some extra water at the same time.
5. Keep a gallon jug or large carafe at your desk, by the bed at home, and on the kitchen counter as a constant reminder to drink up. The more you have to look at that water jug, the more you'll remember to fill it and drink it.
6. Drink a glass of water before every meal to helps digestion. It help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients. Water also softens stool, which helps prevent constipation.
7. Eat water-rich foods. One sneaky way to increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis: eat your H2O. Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
8. Choose infused water over soda
9. Use a marked water bottle. A bottle that’s marked with ounces or even hours might just help you reach your personal water goal each day.
10. Get into herbal tea. A hot mug of tea on a winter afternoon or an ice cold glass in the summer are just about the best two things ever. Lean in to tea, form a tea habit, and enjoy the hydration.
11. Make a rule, every time work out bring a water bottle and finish it.
12. Set a deadline for every eight ounces.
13. Drink a glass of water before bed to prevent strokes or heart attacks
14. Get a package of straws to slowly sip it instead. You can even pick up a water bottle with a built-in straw.
LAST ! Reward yourself for hitting goals! Maybe after you've hit all your water goals for a month or two or six, you reward yourself with something even more significant. Sure, hydration and the health benefits of water are their own reward but we could all use a supplemental reward every once in a while!