Three out of four Americans are chronically dehydrated. This leads to more fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, joint pain, cravings and a multitude of other symptoms that could be fixed by simply drinking more water.
But what if you don’t like to drink water?
“Think of our body like we do much of nature,” suggests Liz Hajek, a registered nurse and president of My Action Potential in San Antonio, Texas. “If we water a dehydrated plant in a pot where the soil is very dry, the water comes out of the bottom too fast.”
“However, if we keep replenishing the water, soon the soil absorbs it,” Hajek continued. “Our body works the same.”
“If we are urinating often because our body is dehydrated, we should just keep drinking water so our body can eventually hold onto it longer and we don’t have to make so many trips to the restroom.”
Many people carry a refillable water bottle with them at all times so a drink is always available. But what are some other ideas to live a happier, healthier and more hydrated life?
See below for 10 ways to enjoy water more.
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Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.
Simply freeze peeled pieces of lemons, limes, and/or oranges and use them instead of ice cubes. It’s particularly refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit.
Don’t allow yourself a diet soda until you’ve had several glasses of water first. Eventually you will find that you won’t crave the soda as much.
Drink at least two full glasses at each meal, one before and one after. Be certain to drink one glass before each snack so you don’t eat as much.
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Experiment with different flavored waters to determine which you like most. Water is a simple fix for many health symptoms. Three out of four Americans are chronically dehydrated.
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Trying to shed some pounds? Try this: Make sure your amount of water intake doubles your grams of fat: when eating something containing 10 grams of fat, drink 20 ounces of water.
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Dehydration leads to more fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, joint pain, cravings and a multitude of other symptoms that could be fixed by simply drinking more water.
Every time you walk past a water fountain, take a drink.
Track it. Make a chart and check it off each time you drink a glass. Do this for 30 days and you will have made drinking water a part of your daily routine.
Incorporate this tip into your training (a la Muhammad Ali) When drinking juice (apple, grape, or orange) fill half the glass with water or ice and make sure to consume all of it.
If need be (you can't stand the taste of tap water), fill up a large cup with crushed ice or ice cubes and snack on them throughout the day.