Quick. What percentage of your body is made up of water? If you said 60%, you’re correct. Over half of your anatomy is water. So, it’s safe to say that water is vital to your health and well-being. But if you find water boring, you might struggle with motivating yourself to gulp down more H20.
Thankfully, there are several creative ways to help you have fun and be healthy at the same time. But before we jump into how to drink more water, let’s examine why you need more water in the first place.
Why H20 is good for you
1.) Headache Relief
There are several ways you can combat a headache. Medication, ice packs, and chiropractic care are all popular remedies. Another option is water. You may be experiencing a headache, especially a tension headache, because you’re dehydrated. In this case, water can help you find relief.
2.) UTI Prevention
Water is an easy, natural way to flush out your UTI (urinary tract infection). In fact, one 2018 study, published by JAMA, found that all participants who drank less than 1.5 liters of water a day saw a decrease in their UTIs after increasing their water intake.
3.) Digestion Aid
Besides UTI restoration and prevention, water helps the body’s detoxification and digestive processes. In essence, water keeps things flowing.
4.) Better Complexion
It’s not that drinking more water directly makes your skin appear luscious and moisturized, rather it’s the fact that water rinses out the toxins that irritate your skin.
5.) Energy Boost
Water helps turn on your energy taps. When you drink water it enables your body to break down the carbohydrates and fats that your body needs to keep going and going and going.
7 ways to drink more water
Now that you know what water can do for you, let’s dive into how you can actively soak up the benefits.
1.) Keep a Water Bottle Near You
The best way to drink more water is to keep it easily accessible. When you keep water on hand, you’re less likely to become dehydrated.
2.) Invest in a Smart Bottle
Technology has come along way. In today’s modern world, there are water bottles that can keep stock of your daily water intake. So, if you can’t remember how much water you drank, let your water bottle do the hard work for you.
3.) Eat More Watermelon or Another Water-Rich Fruit
Watermelon, apples, cranberries, and even bananas are excellent sources of water. So, whether you eat fruit for breakfast, as a midday snack, or for dessert after dinner, it is a fun, colorful, and delicious way to stay hydrated.
4.) Infuse Your Water
If you really want to take your hydration game to the next level, infuse your drinking water with various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. You can infuse your water with any number of flavors to make it more exciting, such as citruses, mint sprigs, rosewater, pomegranate, and cucumber.
5.) Start & End Your Day With Warm Water
Did you know that ice cold water is generally not good for your body? In fact, you should be drinking room-temperature or lukewarm water. Warm water is better for you because it cleanses your digestive system and encourages better circulation.
6.) Use a Tracking App
A final way you can keep tabs on your water consumption is a water-tracking app. There are many different applications you can chose from, such as Hydro Coach, iHydrate, Aqualert, and Plant Nanny. These apps are an effective way of keeping you accountable in fun, creative, exciting, and addictive ways.
Well + Good
Mary Grace Garis
Aug 21, 2020