When I talk to people, and they ask me for some tips for a better lifestyle, water is one of the first things I bring out. I will never be tired of advising people about drinking more water.
Today I want to chat with you about how much water you need to drink to stay hydrated AND to offer you 7 of my simple how-to tips for drinking more water every day!
First, why am I talking about drinking more water anyway?
I have been talking about the importance of water before because when I discovered that the average of Americans used to drink water as a second choice, I was shocked. That means that the first beverages they drank were Sodas, Coca Cola, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Pepsi, etc.
Thankfully, according to research for the first time in 2016, Americans drank more bottled water than other soft drinks. I was genuinely pleased when I got to know it because that indicated that after all the activity and effort that professional people in the Wellness industry make every day finally we get to see positives results. People begin to understand a way to stay more healthy.
Water is the fluid that lubricates our systems and keeps us healthy and vibrant.
Think of a riverbed in a drought when it’s all dried up and cracking, where the water is so sparse that there’s no life in it.
Now compare your body to that riverbed and imagine what you are doing to it by not staying hydrated with enough water. Soon enough it too will dry up, crack up and become uninhabitable.
So before you get to that sad state, let’s talk about how you will know if you’re not drinking enough good old H2O!
We need to learn how to recognize dehydration.
The usual side effects of dehydration are dry mouth and thirst. And you can also look out for other signs of mild to severe dehydration (in that order) such as:
● Low energy, fatigue
● loss of muscle strength and endurance
● Hunger (frequently can mean you are just really thirsty)
● Headaches and decrease in memory and brain function
● Decrease or no output of urine or urine that is dark, strong smelling or burning
● Low blood pressure
● Tachycardia or rapid heart rate
How do I increase my daily water consumption?
Easy! Just try these 7 tips for drinking more water:
1. Drink 1 – 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning
2. Keep a pitcher filled with filtered water for you to drink throughout the day in your fridge at home or on your desk at work
3. Drink 8 oz of water before exercise
4. Sip small amounts of water from your water bottle during workout
5. Keep glass bottles of water in your car, at the office, by your bed
6. Add slices of fresh lemon, orange, cucumber or strawberry to your water or fresh mint to give it a nice twist
7. As an alternative, you can try iced herbal teas throughout the day (make it at home, buy organic herbal tea, no added sugars)
What do I do now?
Sometimes can be hard to do all alone, it happens to me many times. That is when I reach out for some help.
If you’re thirsty for more ways to stay hydrated in your busy life, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me, so you can feel energized, excited and inspired about your health. Motivation is the key, and when you work with a team you don’t have to do all the work by yourself, but you can have an accountability partner you can count on!