We all know that water is good for us, right? We all know that we probably don’t drink enough water. We all know that we should drink more water, but a majority of us never get around to it. Drinking more water usually ends up on people’s New Year’s resolutions as a part of their goal to be healthier in the new year. And just like most New Year’s resolutions, they disappear by the end of January.
I know people who never drink water. They survive off of juice, sodas, teas, and coffee. Anything and everything but water because they “don’t like water.”
You don’t like water? You mean you don’t like the substance that provides life and makes up 60% of your body?
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When I hear this I’m just baffled. I cannot go a day without drinking close to or more than a gallon of water. But I can understand why people don’t like water. In this sugar-filled world in which we live, if it’s not sugary, chances are people aren’t going to like it. Going from soda to water is like going from eating a $1,000 piece of cake to eating a chocolate rice cake. Probably a letdown, right?
But water is important, people! If you struggle with getting in the H2O, here are my top 3 ways to drink more water:
Add Sliced Fruits
Lemon water is honestly like crack to me.
It’s amazing how much my own water intake increases when I add that tiny bit of flavoring to plain ‘ole H2O. If I’m not adding lemon, I’ll drink probably 2/3 – 3/4 of a gallon of water on my own. If I add that lemon, I can easily drink my gallon by the afternoon.
If you’re not a fan of lemon water (Caitlyn I’m talking to you), try adding:
- sliced limes
- sliced oranges
- lemon & raspberries
- strawberries, sliced limes, sliced cucumbers
- sliced lemons, limes, and oranges
Recently I’ve gotten in the habit of refilling my gallon jug and adding half of a lemon (sliced) to the jug. I’ll throw that in the fridge so it gets nice and cold overnight.
When I wake up, I have cold, refreshing lemon water waiting for me, and honestly it’s like Christmas morning every single day because that’s how much I love lemon water…
Drink with a Straw
What? Abigail there is no way that drinking with a straw is going to help me drink more water.
Well friend, I choose to disagree. I can sit in front of my computer sipping on water for hours at a time. You may think I’m crazy, but don’t hate on it until you try it. It almost becomes a mindless act, and it’s a great way to get in that water.
I love my Contigo water bottles, but there are a ton of other options when it comes to water bottles with straws. Glass, plastic, whatever fits your fancy, they make it.
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Opt for Water Flavoring Drops
I’m not a huge fan of this one because of all the artificial flavorings and dyes used in the drops, but if you’re hooked on sodas and sweet tea, this one is for you.
If I’m ever craving a soda, which does happen from time to time, I grab a sparkling water out of the fridge, add a few drops of water flavoring, and I’m good to go. Usually I’m just want the carbonation of a soda, but sometimes I just need the carbonation and sweetness that a soda has to offer.
Water flavoring drops are a great way to transition from constantly drinking sodas and sweetened beverages. It’ll satiate that sweet craving, but it won’t be at a cost of 200+ calories that comes with drinking soda.
BONUS: Carry a Water Bottle with You Everywhere
My water bottle has become my safety blanket. You won’t catch me at Target, Starbucks, a party, work, or anywhere without my water bottle.
I even keep it next to my bed when I’m sleeping.
Yes it can be a hassle at first to constantly be carrying around this water bottle, but once you get used to it, you’ll thank yourself. You’ll come to realize just how dehydrated you probably are and how much just having a water bottle with you can make life easier.
Plus if you invest in a cute bottle, it is a great prop for any kind of studying Instagram picture. Speaking from experience on this one.
Do you struggle with water intake? What are your ways to drink more water?
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