Pour It Up, Pour It Up... Ways to Work More Water into Your Day

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At the beginning of July, I embarked on my Healthy Eating Habits Overhaul...and the first thing to go was sweetened beverages. Although the first week was rough, this week I really feel like I'm hitting my stride. I drink only water (I prefer ice cold or ice water). I have some of my yummy Trader Joe's Sparkling Mineral Water on deck, but I haven't craved soda bubbles yet.
Sure, there are benefits to increasing your water intake -- weight loss, clear skin, flushing toxins out... but did you know water benefits your hair too?
I broke it down in an earlier post about getting awesome hair from the inside out:
One of the keys to shiny, healthy, and strong hair is drinking water. If your hair is dull, brittle, and prone to breakage, think about this -- how much water do you consume daily? Chances are, with the barrage of beverage options out there, you're not getting enough. Your hair shafts are comprised of about 25% water. Let's do some quick math here... If you're dehydrated (not drinking enough water), you increase your chances of hair breakage by oh... 25%? I don't know about you, but I can't take those chances. So drink up. Some sources say drink 64 ounces a day (approximately 4 "regular" sized bottles), while others say drink half, or double your body weight. My advice? Whatever you currently drink, double it every week or so until you reach an amount that is comfortable for you. Your hair, skin, and insides will thank you.
So, now that we understand water has a barrage of benefits...how do you start drinking more? Thanks to the folks at Fooducate, here are 10 easy tips:
1. Temperature: Find out which water temperature you like the most, and make sure you always have some on hand. If you like water ice cold, find a container where you can keep it iced all day.

2. Flavor: Add lemon juice, lime juice, orange slices, cucumber slices, berries or herbs/herb extracts (like peppermint).

3. Bubbles: If you like soda, try sparkling mineral water or flavored sparkling mineral water: none of the calories and all of the carbonation.

4. Bottles: Having a water bottle you like around all the time will make you want to fill it up over and over – and show it off. BPA free of course.

5. Straws: Because sometime sipping from a straw can help you drink more.

6. Wake up with water: Starting your day with a glass of water is easier because you’re thirsty from that (hopefully) nice long night of sleep you’ve had.

7. Brew something: Sometimes we overlook tea as a source of hydration, but if you avoid caffeine and sugar, tea is a great hydrator!

8. Remember how good it is: Once you start a healthy water habit, you’ll start realizing how good you feel when you do drink water. And if you start losing weight, keep that in mind every time you think about drinking something else!

9. Use it as a diet tool: Before you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water. Before you eat, and in between meals, feelings of hunger can be mistaken for feelings of thirst. Drink more water and save calories when you’re really just thirsty.

10. Keep it clean: Tap water is usually fine, but sometimes water and even ice can get a funky flavor that makes you not want to drink it. So invest in a water filter, water filtration system, water softener, or water delivery. Anything that helps your water taste better is an investment worth making!
How do you work more healthy hydration into your day?
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2 comments

  1. Great post!!! As it's well knowm that water is the suoer natural skin hydrator and the best the cleanse body by thorwing all the waste out. Thanks for sharing such helpful uses of it.

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  2. Great post with such amazing benefits of water. Not only a 0 calorie drink, but a great fat burner also. There are lots more benefits such as cleansing body and skin deeply.

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