The temperatures are warming up which means it’s important to stay hydrated even if you hate drinking water.
But the thought of drinking 8-10 glasses of water seems daunting. You are not alone. There are many people who find it very difficult to drink water and especially that much water in one day.
I know what it’s like because when I get to a certain amount, I feel like my eyes are rolling in my head full of water.
In addition to running to the bathroom all day from drinking water often, water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going.
- It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
- The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
- It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
- forms saliva
But what if you hate drinking plain water?
7 tips to help you stay hydrated
Start the day with a glass
Make it a habit to drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I wake up my mouth is a bit dry. Before you consume any food or drinks (coffee, juice, etc.) go for a glass of water.
I love adding fruit, herbs or even adding Mio drops to my water. You don’t actually have to drink water “plain” to get the benefits.
You can infuse your own water with different combinations of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Take it with you
Carry a water bottle with you. Use an insulated bottle or using one of these bottle carry holders makes it convenient.
Drink water first
If you like having a soda or cocktail with a meal, drink a full glass of water before each beverage. Drinking a glass of water before each meal also has been proven to assist in weight loss.
Do you like bubbles?
If you love carbonation there are a million types of flavored sparkling waters. One of my favorites is ICE sparkling water but there are a number of others in the market.
You also can make your own. Buy a sparkling water maker for your home. Basically you fill up a water bottle with water, press the button on the machine a few times and tah-dah, you have fresh sparkling water.
Drink herbal tea
The water in your tea definitely counts towards your water intake
Determine whether you prefer your water room temperature or cold Many times people who find it intolerable to drink room temp water may find it easier to consume cold and vice-versa…perhaps you may find it easier to guzzle down water if it’s not too cold.
Add fruits and vegetables
Drinking water is very important but you can also get it from foods. There are many healthy foods that can contribute a large amount of water to your diet.
Consume fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges, grapes, iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe or other melon.
Drink it or eat it
The goal is to get it in. There are a number of ways to do it. Find what works for you and start from there.
By incorporating a number of these methods, you will be able to increase your water intake before you even know it.
What helps you stay hydrated?