Tips on how to drink more water

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These tips on how to drink more water will help you to stay hydrated all day.

Maybe you want to drink more water because you know it’s good for you or maybe you’ve noticed that sluggish feeling of being dehydrated or the headaches and constipation that accompany it.

Drinking plenty of water can help reduce headaches and help with weight loss. Not only that, it can lead to increased energy levels and a better mood overall.

Sometimes though it can be difficult to get in enough water to reap the benefits of hydration.

I love water, but there’s really not a lot of variety and it can seem like the most boring of drink choices. But that’s okay. These tips will help add motivation and variety to your daily water drinking experience.  (add wink)

11 Tips on how to drink more water

1. Drink a Glass First Thing

Right after you wake up drink a glass of water. Yep, before your morning coffee.

I like to keep a glass on my bedside table since I sometimes wake up and need a drink in the middle of the night. Then in the morning, I can finish whatever is left in my glass.

2. Drink a cup before meals.

You’ve probably heard that sometimes you’re not as hungry as you think- you’re really thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before you eat can help your body identify how hungry it actually is and hopefully prevents overeating.

3. Use a Time-Marked Water Bottle

I have a giant gallon water bottle with times marked along the side for when you should drink each portion. 

I love that I don’t have to keep running to the sink to refill it all day. And that I have my full daily goal of water portioned out. 

Usually, I aim to drink at least half the bottle or 64oz. Oftentimes I’m able to drink closer to 90oz.

You can find bottles with the time markers on Amazon in different sizes if you don’t want the giant gallon size. Just make sure you know how many times you’ll need to refill it.

Gallon sized water bottle with time markings down one side with motivational phrases.

4. Infuse with Fruit and Herbs

I love this way to add a variety of flavors to your water. You can use whatever you have on hand to create your own custom blend. It’s fresh, healthy, and budget-friendly.

Add a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt or Celtic sea salt to make it an extra hydrating electrolyte combo.

Some combinations to try:

  • Cucumber mint
  • Lemon ginger
  • Strawberry lime
  • Watermelon kiwi
  • Blueberry apple

Add your fruit to your cup or bottle once and keep refilling all day. 

If you want a stronger flavor, add your fruit to a pitcher and let it infuse overnight. Fill your cup from the pitcher, adding more water to the pitcher each time you fill your drinking cup.

Pitcher of water infused with lemon, mint and ginger.

This pitcher has lemon slices, mint, and fresh ginger.

5. Drink herbal tea

If you have an herbal tea that you enjoy drinking this is another great option for adding some variety to your water intake.

I enjoy sipping on raspberry or peppermint during the day or chamomile before bed.

6. Keep Your Water Nearby

Out of sight, out of mind. So keep your water within arms reach all day. 

You can accomplish this in a couple of ways – carry your water bottle with you everywhere or keep a water bottle or glass by each spot you typically hang out.

7. Drink Sparkling Water

There are times where you just want the feel of drinking a carbonated beverage. Luckily there are so many options for carbonated flavored water available now. 

We’ve gotten Aldi’s and Target’s store brand sparkling waters and both are quite good. You can also use a soda stream to make your own fizzy water.

You do still need to check the nutrition label since some are loaded with sugar. I’ve seen some with 25g of added sugar!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite sparkling water option is.

8. Use an App

There are many apps created specifically to track your water intake like Drink Water: Drinking Reminder or Plant Nanny Water Tracker (a game-like water tracker). Many of these apps allow you to set reminders which can also help you to get in that H2O.

You might already have an app loaded that can help you track your water intake. Lots of health, nutrition, or food tracker apps have a section to track water intake. So do many fertility or cycle tracking apps. 

9. Set Reminder Alarms

This is a great option if you don’t want to deal with another app. I also find alarms grab my attention much better than a notification. Anyone else really good at ignoring notifications?

You can edit the label of your alarm to say “Drink your water” or change it to an affirmation. It’s a great way to work on both your hydration and mindset at the same time.

10. Use a Pretty Bottle 

When you use a bottle or cup that’s aesthetically pleasing you’ll enjoy the experience of drinking your water more. Be sure to only use this special bottle for water and not other drinks.

This one is from Tervis in the Kelly Ventura Posy design. They have loads of designs and customizable options so you can find one that fits your style. (These would also make great gifts for family and friends.)

Water bottle with floral design.

11. Habit Stack

When you’re trying to establish a new habit, like drinking more water, it can be helpful to use another habit you have as a reminder for the new habit. So pair drinking water with other habits that you’ve already established. 

Take a drink every time you check your phone or email. Drink a glass after each bathroom trip. 

If you listen to music, take a drink each time a new song comes on. 

Watching YouTube? Take a drink each time a new video comes on.

Take a Sip

As you can see there are so many easy ways to help yourself drink more water, even if you hate it. Drinking more water will help you to feel full longer, increase your energy and reduce pesky headaches.

It’s especially important if you’re working outside in the heat, trying to hit a weight-loss or fitness goal, or if you’re prepping for an IVF cycle. Hydration is key.

If you are drinking all the time but feel like the water is just running straight through you, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt. This DIY electrolyte drink may help your body to hydrate better.

Have you tried any of these tips before? Do you have any other tips on how to drink more water?

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