How to Drink More Water Every Day
As the temperature starts rising, so does our thirst—and we'll admit that unglamorous H2O can often take a backseat to milky iced coffee and sweet ice-cream treats. If you find yourself worrying if you're drinking enough water each day, regardless of the season, you're not alone. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 43 percent of Americans are drinking less than four cups of water a day—the minimum amount suggested by experts for the average healthy individual. In fact, seven percent of us aren't drinking any water at all!
Not only can a lack of regular H20 consumption lead to dehydration, which can have adverse effects on your mood, brain function, and your skin, but the CDC reports that adults who don't drink enough water also tend not to drink enough milk and consume fewer fruits and vegetables, often reaching for sugary drinks and processed foods instead. On the flip side, ensuring your body stays properly hydrated each day can help clear out your bladder, normalize blood pressure, and regulate your body's temperature. It can also help protect your joints, organs, and body tissues while aiding with digestion.
As for how much water you should be getting, experts say the exact amount may vary based on age and previous health conditions. (Yes, it is possible to drink too much water, especially if you are on certain medications). If you have any questions or concerns about your necessary water intake, consult your doctor. Ready to get hydrated? Read on for a few of our favorite simple ways to drink—and enjoy—more water.
It's a old trick, but a good one. Adding fruits (like berries and citrus wedges) or herbs (like basil or mint) to your H20 can instantly upgrade your family's hydration routine, enticing everyone to take a sip.
Color Your Cubes
Make a Case for Coconut
Whether store-bought (we prefer an unsweetened version like Zico) or sipped straight from the fruit, you can't go wrong with nature's sports drink, which can quickly replenish your electrolytes along with your thirst.
Try Flavored Ice
Cutting up cubes of watermelon and freezing them make great makeshift "ice cubes" that will add both a pop of color and a hint of fruity flavor to any beverage.
Don't Just Drink It
Swig on a Stick
Blend Things Up
Indulge Your Intake
Add a Finishing Touch
When in doubt, garnish. Be it lemons, limes, or slices of cucumber giving your water glass a little extra attention might urge you to give your body some, too.