Once you know the benefits, get motivated to put some of these “hydration shortcuts” into action
You hear it all the time—“It’s important to stay hydrated.” Let’s break it down and see if we can inspire you to make a simple life change for your health.
What are the benefits of being well hydrated? Well, here are just a few reasons to make those glasses of water a priority:
- It can help you wash away the pounds
Drink at least eight classes, or 64 ounces, of water a day to help fight weight loss. This increases your metabolism which makes you feel fuller so you eat less.
- You’ll be more effective physically
Drinking water stimulates electrolytes and releases nutrients into and out of cells. It helps contracting muscles to be revitalized, which will help you feel stronger. Your joints will become more lubricated, so you stay flexible and limber during any physical activity.
- It will save you some bucks
Most people spend an average of $2–$4 on pre-made or hand-craft beverages—that’s per drink. Don’t waste your money on excess calories your body doesn’t need!
- It’s healthier for the environment
Look at all those empties in the recycling bin each week. Work towards a week where there’s a mostly empty bin, because you’ve been refilling the same reusable container over and over!
Are you on board? Okay. Now we’ve got some “hydration shortcuts” for you, to make it easier to change your lifestyle.
- Keep a bottle with you
If you keep one in the car, that is a good strategy (as long as it’s BPA free). But at least once a day be sure to take it with you when you go inside and refill it with fresh water. And don’t drink water that’s been sitting in a hot car for hours on end. At the end of the week (if not sooner!) bring that bottle inside and run it through the dishwasher.
- Make your own bubbly
Are you a seltzer fan? It’s easy and affordable to make seltzer at home now. Just be sure you use filtered water. And don’t drink out of the containers you carbonize (to cut down on the spread of germs).
- Use a straw
This might seem silly, but you are likely to drink more water if you’re sipping it throughout the day. It also helps to have a reusable cup with a lid, to prevent spilling when it’s on your desk at work. Even better, get rid of the disposable straws and use the one that comes with your cup. (If you must use disposable straws, or have kids at home who will use them, too, then at least look for cardboard straws, which you can recycle.)
- Keep a glass with you at home
No, you don’t necessarily want to leave half-empty glasses water everywhere (even though that did save the lives of a family in the alien movie Signs). But get into the habit of filling up a glass with fresh filtered water every time you sit down to eat, watch TV, make a phone call, or have a conversation.
- Hold off on ordering
Here’s a trick: Don’t order a beverage in a restaurant until you’ve downed at least one glass of water. A lot of times we’ll order something alcoholic or full of sugar, caffeine, or artificial sweeteners just because we’re thirsty. Take care of the hydration first, and then see what you feel like ordering. A lot of times you’ll find the water (maybe with a slice of lemon) will do just fine. And it’s free!
- Stagger glasses of water between alcoholic drinks
One of the causes of a hangover is dehydration, so commit to drinking one glass of water per alcoholic drink you order. It will slow you down and decrease the chance of a headache the next morning!
We hope you think these suggestions are things you can easily fit into your lifestyle. A lot of people find that, once they’ve made the switch to drinking only water, they don’t miss all the calories and caffeine they were downing mindlessly over the course of the day. Your mind and body will thank you for it!
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