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We all know that we need to drink more water. After all, water is the best thing you can put in your body every day. Yet, so many of us don’t drink water as much as we should. Not even close.
It is recommended that we drink at least 11 cups of water every day, however, many people don’t even drink half of that.
If you’ve made a goal this year to drink more water daily to help improve your overall health, chances are you’re already finding this a hard goal to stick to.
Many of us have known this same struggle with drinking water throughout the day. Boy does 11 cups of water sound like a lot.
But, you can do it. And the best part, you can actually begin to enjoy drinking your water once you start to feel good and your body starts to function better just because you’re drinking more water.
You can learn 7 awesome tips to help you drink more water below, but first here are 10 signs your body needs more water.
Signs your body needs more water
Drinking less body than your body needs can and often does lead to dehydration. Dehydration is when more water leaves the body than enters the body which typically happens when people stop drinking water. The body needs an adequate supply of water to function properly. If you have been feeling any of these signs, you may be experiencing dehydration and you should consider drinking more water every day.
1. Your eyes feel dry
If you’re mouth, skin, and eyes feel dry, chances are you’re dehydrated. Parts of the body, including the eyes, have to remain moist in order to function properly. When your overall body fluid levels drop your eyes can become dry and irritated.
2. Your urine is dark yellow or brown in color.
If your urine is dark yellow or brown, this is a sure sign that you need to drink more water.
3. Your skin doesn’t bounce back
Hydration is very important in keeping skin looking young an in preventing sagging. To know whether a person is hydrated or not perform this simple pinch test and the results will let you know if you are or are not.
For a hydrated person, when pinched, their skin will return to its normal flat appearance pretty quickly.
For a dehydrated person, their skin may remain ‘tented’ and take some time to return to its normal flat appearance.
4. Your muscles are cramping.
If you’re experiencing numerous muscle cramps throughout the day, chances are you are dehydrated and need water.
Here are more signs you may need to drink more water
- You have headaches or experience disorientation
- You feel tired, confused, or angry
- You have dry skin
- You aren’t sweating
- You experience constipation
- You lack energy
9 benefits of drinking more water
- Prevents bad breath
- It lubricates the joints
- Improves heart health
- Boosts skin health
- Boosts energy
- Helps regulate your body temperature
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps regulate digestion
- Flushes out toxins
7 hacks to help you drink more water
1.Drink 1 cup of water before every meal
You’ve probably heard this before, but drinking one cup of water before every meal is a great way to both drink more water throughout the day and eat less, which can help in weight loss efforts.
2. Replace all (or most) beverages you drink with water
If you’re someone who drinks plenty of drinks throughout the day, consider replacing these drinks with water. This will save you money since water is basically free and you can save lots of calories since water has zero calories!
3. Add flavor to your boring water
For many people, water is boring. If you’re one of these people, jazz up your boring water with some fruit slices that you enjoy. You can use this 32 Ounce Fruit Infuser Bottle to help you eaisly add fruit slices to your water.
4. Set reminders on your phone
Sometimes we forget to do things because we don’t have constant reminders that we need to get that thing done. One simple way to remind yourself to drink water is by setting reminders on your phone. Consider setting a reminder for every two hours. After a month of this, remembering to drink your water will be a new healthy habit you have picked up.
5. Track your water intake in a bullet journal
Have you heard of bullet journaling before? It is a fun and creative way to manage various aspects of your life. If you’re a paper and pen girl, tracking your water intake in a bullet journal so that you build a healthy habit is the best way to go. Here is an example of a water tracker in a bullet journal.
6. Drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up and every night before bed
Every single morning when you wake up and make a commitment to drink 2 cups of water. After a short time, this will become a habit for you and part of your morning routine. The best part of this is that if you do this, you will be starting your day on the right path to drinking your recommended 11 cups before your day even begins.
Similarly, right before you fall asleep, drink another 2 cups of water. Keep this water in a bottle with you by your bed so you never forget to do this.
7. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere
Sometimes we don’t drink water because we don’t have it with us. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like spending money on bottled water but you want to increase your water intake, then you’ll want to carry a good quality water bottle around with you wherever you go.
You cannot go wrong drinking more water. In fact, you’ll do your body a world of good if you start to make a deliberate effort to drink more water and these tips can help you to stay on track with your water intake and make it a healthy habit that you carry with you throughout your life.