Ten Ways to Drink More Water

Amelia Westfall, Staff Reporter

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75% of people are dehydrated. The common recommended daily amount of water intake is 8 glasses (half a gallon) of water a day, but some researchers claim that it should be half your body weight then transferred to ounces (i.e. a 120lb person would drink 60oz of water). Regardless, it’s extraordinarily important to drink a sufficient amount of water for a variety of reasons.

Here are ten ways to drink more water-

 

  • Use reusable water bottles that have more ounces

 

The bigger the bottle you drink from is, the less you’ll have to fill it which

will make it easier to drink more. 32-ounce water bottles are perfect for this since you only need to drink two to reach the 8 glasses rule. Using plastic, nonreusable water bottles cost more money and damage the environment (particularly sea life) more than reusable ones.

 

  • Always bring a bottle everywhere you go

 

If you always have a water bottle on you, you’ll remember to drink from it. Take it with you in the car, at school, in your room, and it’ll be a constant reminder to drink more.

 

  • Use a straw

 

Using a straw, similar to using bigger water bottles, makes drinking water less of a chore. However, try buying a bottle that already has a reusable straw inside of it instead of using a plastic straw since plastic straws often end up getting stuck up the noses of sea turtles and other sea life.

 

  • Use an app

 

Using an app to track your water intake, or simply manually tracking it, ensures that you meet your goals. Many water apps also remind you to drink more water, thus enforcing your daily intake goal.

 

  • Drink slowly instead of gulping

 

Drinking water too fast is not only bad for your health, but it makes you more tired of water. If you drink water throughout the day, your body will be able to gradually absorb it and you’ll have a better chance of reaching your intake.

 

  • Set a goal

 

Not only should set a water intake goal, whether that be the 8 glasses a day or any other, but you should also have a plan on how to execute said goal. For example, if your goal is to drink 64 oz, then in order to execute that goal, you could drink aim to drink a glass during every period.

 

  • Stick to a routine

 

Similarly, routines help you stick to your goals since they become natural. Filling up your water bottle before you leave in the morning and then filling it before lunch or halfway through the day will help you met your goal since it requires you to finish your bottle before that time.

 

  • Eat foods that are composed of mostly water

 

Eating foods that contain water, such as watermelon, celery, strawberries and tomatoes, makes reaching your water intake more interesting. It also simultaneously helps you eat more vegetables and fruits.

 

  • Infuse it with flavor

 

Similarly, adding fruits and vegetables to your water makes it more enjoyable to drink. Strawberries and cucumbers can make a great addition to plain water. Using frozen fruits and vegetables obviously act like ice, thus killing two birds with one stone.

 

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