Literally, and I mean literally, the first question people ask me when I say I don’t feel well is “Have you been drinking enough water?”. To be quite honest, the answer is always “No”. Beyond the basic need for survival, water has endless benefits for our bodies and minds. Water helps our skin, helps digestion, helps weight management—the list goes on and on. So, why is it so darn hard to drink enough of it? Giving your body enough water is basically the bare minimum we can do in the name of self-care and wellness, so I decided to set out on a quest to make staying hydrated a regular part of my everyday routine. Through some experimentation, these are the absolute easiest ways to get more water in your day-to-day diet.
Get A Reusable Water Bottle
If you aren’t using a reusable water bottle, go get one—right now. The sustainability benefits alone, even before the hydration benefits, are reason enough to invest in a reusable bottle. Okay, now that we all have our water bottles, it’s important to keep yours with you through the day and stay on top of refilling it. When you’re sitting at a desk, in bed, or outside without anything to drink from, you may not go out of your way to hydrate. On the other hand, if you keep your bottle with you at all times, you’ll naturally grab and sip it throughout the day.
Download an App
Did you know there are apps you can download that will help you track how much water you’re drinking? Additionally, they’ll send you push notifications throughout the day reminding you to drink up to reach your daily goal. A little annoying? Yes. Efficient? Very. The simplest app I found was the Daily Water Tracker Reminder app. Click here to download.
Make Water Fun
Jazz up your water with the addition of anything flavorful. Drop in some fruit, cucumber, mint, or anything that makes the water more enjoyable to drink. Plus, if dropping some mint in your ice water doesn’t immediately make you feel like the queen of self-care, I don’t know what will.
Eat Foods High in Water
If you don’t feel like drinking your water, you can eat it! You’d be surprised how many fruits and vegetables are high in water. For example, watermelon, celery, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, oranges, and bell peppers are all delicious foods that hold a lot of water. You definitely shouldn’t use this as your only source of hydration, but it’s a great way to get extra H2O in your daily consumption.