10 easy ways to drink more water

If you had a nickel for every time someone told you to drink more water, you might have enough for a down payment on a house. Still, you’re willing to give it a try. You can make sipping water less of a chore with these 10 tips:

  • Take a sip before every meal. Drinking a full glass of water before each meal makes you feel full and helps curb calorie intake.
  • Go for flavor. Liven up the flavor by adding basil, celery, cucumber, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, mint, oranges or strawberries to your carafe.
  • Cut sugary drinks with water and ice. If juice, iced tea or lemonade are more your speed, water down your drinks with H2O and a heaping helping of ice (shoot for a one-to-one ratio). You’ll tamp down your craving for sweetness while giving your body the water it needs.
  • Mark your water bottle. Reach your personal goal by marking your water bottle by ounces or hours.
  • Down a glass after common activities. Took a bathroom break? Chug a glass of water on the way back to your desk. Cleared 20 emails from your inbox? Drink. Passed the water cooler? Get in eight ounces.
  • Invest in a high-tech water bottle. Stay on top of your water intake with a high-tech bottle that records how much you drink and sends the information to an app on your smartphone.
  • Choose sparkling water. If it’s the bubbles you need, sparkling water, a zero-calorie drink, is just as good for you as still water.
  • Keep a reminder handy. Put a gallon jug or large carafe on the kitchen counter, by your desk or beside your bed as a reminder to drink up.
  • Eat water-rich foods. About 20 percent of the water we consume each day is in our foods. So stock up on fruits and vegetables with a high water content. Some to try: baby carrots, bell peppers, blackberries, cauliflower, iceberg lettuce, spinach, watermelon and zucchini.
  • Try the one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol. Match each cocktail with one glass of water. Avoid a hangover in the morning and balance out sugar-packed mixers and syrups. So much winning!

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