We all know that water is crucial to overall health and well-being, but many of us find it difficult to drink enough water daily. While eight glasses is the normal recommended amount, a quick way to check hydration levels is to see if your urine is clear or light yellow. This signifies a good level of hydration for most people.
Water is so important for our health because not only are the majority of our muscles, tissues, and blood comprised of water, it also helps regulate body temperature and bowel movements, maintain metabolism and clear skin, and aids in nutrient absorption and food breakdown.
In addition, dehydration brings its own set of problems, including energy loss and a feeling of thirst disguised as hunger. Most importantly, when you are dehydrated, toxins linger in your tissues, including reproductive tissues (which, according to our doctors at the Midwest Reproductive Center, can make a difference in your fertility). When feeling sluggish or hungry, be sure to drink some water before turning to food to feel better.
How to Drink More Water
The hardest part of drinking more water is getting used to making it a part of an everyday diet and routine. A full, cold water bottle should be around at all times: in the car, during meals, at work, etc. Many people drink more water when it’s in front of them, rather than going to get it from the drinking fountain or refrigerator.
If regular water gets boring, try drinking decaffeinated tea or flavoring your water with low calorie drink mixes like Crystal Light. You can also infuse your water with lemons, limes, berries, or even cucumbers to give it a light and refreshing taste. In addition, you can “eat” your water by consuming more fruits and vegetables, which have a high water content.
Make Drinking Water Fun
Challenge yourself to drink more water by making it fun. Apps like MyFitnessPal allow you to track your water or you can make a chart to track your consumption, which makes it fun and easy. It is also worthwhile to have a great water bottle that you want to use.
Camelbak asserts that its bottles help users drink more water because they are using a straw and easy open bite valves. In any case, you should choose a bottle in a fun color or pattern that will help you drink more water each day.