Water – it does a body good. I can honestly say that I have noticed a positive difference with my increased water intake. On the flip side, I can also tell when I am dehydrated.
Let me start with the positive: water makes me feel full. I snack less and eat smaller portions when I consume water all day. Seriously. That in itself is enough for me to drink water. I also notice that I am more energized and feel less sluggish, which results in me sleeping better throughout the night. While I cannot provide scientific proof of the benefits of water — other than repeat what the experts say — I am able share my experience. I function much better with water!
When I do not drink enough water, I feel run down. I can literally hear ringing in my ears and my bones cracking. My body is not what it used to be, so it doesn’t take much to feel bad. Drinking water is one of the few healthy habits that seems manageable to me.
It wasn’t always though.
Using the following tricks I have been able to make water consumption more enjoyable–and tasty. The biggest help for me is to keep my WATER WITHIN REACH. If I have a water bottle beside me, I will drink it. I am all about easy access.
1. Add a Splash of Lemon
Don’t like the taste of water? No problem, add some lemon and your taste buds will thank you. You can slice up a lemon in advance and store the slices for later. Or, for lemon water on the go, you can drop in a packet of True Lemon—my latest, favorite discovery. No mess, no cutting, and only 5 calories. I love these packets. Since discovering them, I have been drinking so much more water. There are other flavors too—True Lime Bulk Pack, 500 Count (Net Wt .88lbs), True Orange Bulk Pack, 500 Count, and True Grapefruit Bulk Pack, 500 Count.
True Lemon Bulk Pack, 500 Count
2. Use it as a Means to Lose Weight
Drink a glass of water before every meal as a way to suppress your appetite. You will feel fuller faster, making it easier to eat less. If losing weight is one of your goals than this trick will allow you to accomplish two goals at once. Water aids your digestion as well—an added bonus.
3. Get a 64-, 32-, or 28-Ounce Water Bottle
Fill up a 64-, 32-, or 28-ounce bottle with water to keep you accountable. Once the bottle is empty, you will know that you have met (or working to meet) your water quota. This is the one I use regularly: Contigo Shake & Go Fit Shaker Bottle, 28oz, Carolina Blue and I love it. Since it is 28 ounces, I try to refill it and finish it three times by the end of the day. It can also be used for protein shakes or mixing the above-mentioned True Lemon packets.
4. Fizz it Up
If you are not a fan of water, try the taste of sparkling water. Something about the bubbles makes the water much more refreshing. I am grateful for my Samsung Refrigerator that contains a sparkling water capability. One push of a button and I have a glass of sparkling water at my disposal. The refrigerator contains SodaStream 60-Liter Carbonator-Spare Cylinder canisters that need to be replaced when empty. Be sure to keep a spare canister on hand—take it from someone who relies on her seltzer water. When the canister is empty and I do not have a replacement, my water intake decreases significantly.
5. Make it Fancy
Drink your water in a wine glass. You know that sparkling water I love? I like to put it in a large wine glass to really incentivize my water drinking. (It also reduces my wine intake J ). Wine always tastes better in a large wine glass and so will your water.
6. Use Water to Boost your Metabolism
Two of your eight glasses of water will be complete with this tip. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and right before bed. It will help make for an energized morning and a restful evening.
7. Use a Menu Tracker
Track your eating, exercise, and water consumption with a menu tracker such as the one shown here. Click form below to receive a free copy. The menu tracker keeps you accountable; you may be surprised how much you eat and little you drink.
8. Fruit Infused Water Bottle
Try drinking your water out of a fruit-infused water bottle. My boys find it especially cool to drink with fruit inside their water. It makes the water tasty and fun.
Fruit Infuser Water Bottle 25 oz Leak Proof Flip-top Sport Water Bottle BPA-Free Tritan 25 Oz (Pink)
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