Eat your water. Yes, you read that right. On average, people get about 20 percent of their fluids from food. Boosting your intake of fruits and vegetables, which are made up of more than 80 percent water, will help you stay hydrated.
Jazz it up
For some people, water is just too boring! If that’s you, add pizzazz to your glass by adding fresh fruit or vegetable slices (check the fruit & vegetable combinations below to spark your creativity), use a low calorie flavor enhancer such as MIO or Crystal Light, or for a soda-like effect, pour a splash of fruit juice into club soda or seltzer water, or try sparkling ice water.
Pick up your phone
Oh yes, there’s an app for that! Here are a few good ones to try: Waterlogged (iPhone) or Water Your Body (Android and iPhone). If you’re not into smartphone apps, simply set a few reminders on your phone to help you to sip more throughout the day.
Don’t let it out of your sight
Keeping a full bottle of water on your desk gives you a constant visual cue to drink, drink, drink.
Drink on a schedule
Get into a habit of drinking water at certain times of the day. For example, drink a glass first thing in the morning and also before every meal.
Count your caffeinated drinks
Contrary to popular belief, caffeinated beverages, when consumed in moderation, will not dehydrate you and can actually count toward your daily quota. Unless you drink more than 5 cups per day, the diuretic effect is minimal. That said, be sure to stick with calorie free beverages, such as unsweetened iced tea or coffee, to avoid extra calories.
Alcohol is the one beverage that has a dehydrating effect on the body, so practice moderation (one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men). When imbibing, fight dehydration by alternating each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water, and then have another glass before turning in for the night.
Fruit-infused water or even fruit-infused ice cubes are super fun and tasty! All you have to do is chop up some fruit and put it in your water bottle, water pitcher or ice cube tray! Read below for fun and tasty fruit and herb combinations:
- Strawberry + Pineapple
- Lemon + Orange
- Blueberry + Lime + Cilantro
- Lemon + Raspberry
- Kiwi + Raspberry + Mint
- Apple + Cinnamon Sticks
- Watermelon + Peach
- Lime + Strawberry + Mint
- Lemon + Lime + Cucumber
- Blueberry + Strawberry
- Cucumber + Mint
- Orange + Strawberry + Pineapple