How to Train Yourself to Drink More Water

by kellylavieri on April 29, 2016

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When you are working to improve your health, it is critically important that you really pay attention to what your body is telling you. For example, do you feel thirsty? That is your body telling you that you are dehydrated. When we are dehydrated, our bodies do not function properly. For example, have you ever developed a headache in the middle of the day for no apparent reason, or feel absolutely exhausted, and then you realize that you haven’t had a glass of water in a few hours? The best way to avoid this is to train yourself to drink more water during the day and not allow yourself to get dehydrated. Now, I’m not talking about forcing yourself to drink liters and liters of water a day until you are completely bursting! But with a few simple tricks, you can train yourself to drink more water throughout the day without even really realizing it!

  1. Start the day
    This is an excellent habit to get into first thing in the morning. Have a water glass sitting in your bathroom and incorporate it into your morning routine. Get up, wash face, brush teeth… Wash your mouth out with a shot of water and then drink the rest. Easy! Another great idea is to have a cup of hot water with lemon first thing in the morning!
  2. Have water at hand
    A water bottle is one of the best investments that you can make in your health. Thirst can be an unconscious habit; you will crave hydration without even thinking about it. Keep a full bottle on your desk and I guarantee that you will be shocked at just how fast it empties!
  3. Flavor it
    Some people find water a little bland. Nothing wrong with that. So liven it up a bit! Toss a lemon slice or two into your water bottle. Maybe some cucumber slices. You can add anything that will give it a bit of flavor without decreasing its health benefits. Adding four tablespoons of sugar for flavor, for example, might not be a terrific idea, but a small handful of fruit will give it a flavor boost.
  4. That being said about sugar…
    Freshly squeezed or pressed fruit juice is full of vitamins and it will hydrate you almost as well as a cup of water. If you are concerned about the fructose or calories in juice and want to cut back, try half juice/half carbonated water to create a delicious, fizzy, and healthy cola replacement!
  5. Scheduled reminders
    If all else fails, you can use your smart phone. People set alarms for taking medication, why can’t you do the same for drinking water? There are a ton of free apps out there that will helpfully remind you that you need to hydrate. Or if you prefer to save some money, just use your phone’s internal alarm app to set up daily reminders throughout the day.
  6. Good night!
    This has a nice symmetry with the first tip: work a glass of water into your nighttime routine. Wash face, brush teeth… Wash mouth out and drink the rest. You could also try having a fresh glass of water on your bedside table. You might be surprised to find it completely empty when you wake up, despite you not remembering drinking it. Turns out that dreaming can work up quite a thirst!

Honestly, it is difficult to think of anything more fundamental to your health than water. If you can do just one thing, drink more of it. The best part is that, if you are properly hydrated, you are far more likely to do other healthful activities like exercise! Give these tips a try and see if you notice any changes in your life!

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