3 Strategies to increase how much water you’re drinking

As a mom focused on everyone else in my family, one of the hardest things to do is to drink enough water everyday.

Water is amazing. Just like a car needs oil to run, your body needs water to run. It makes up 60%-70% of our body and is absolutely necessary for life.

To some, 8 glasses of water a day may seem impossible. It can get boring and not the first thing you reach for. Or, we dump powdered packets into our water and add chemicals that make it more flavorful but less beneficial. If you are someone that struggles with the blandness of water, try some of these tips for making it more exciting, but retaining or even boosting the benefits for your body.

1) Add leaves.  Many people like mint leaves in their water. In the produce aisle, pick up a packaged or loose-bound mint leaves. (In the summer, I just go out in my yard and pick the mint.  It’s so easy to grow!) Rinse them for 60 seconds under running water, tear up a few and drop them into your water bottle or pitcher for a light, refreshing infused mint flavor that will keep you reaching for that water.

2) Add juice. Adding a bit of citrus (lemon or lime) to your water can boost metabolism. You can also add an orange or cucumber slice!  The next time you go out for dinner, order a water with lemon or lime (or both if you are adventurous) and drink a full glass before your meal comes. Water is also a natural appetite reducer.

3) Use crazy cubes. Freeze things like whole raspberries, tea leaves or cranberries into your ice cubes. Not only does it look neat, but also adds flavor as they melt!

What about you?  What strategies do you use to drink enough water in your day?

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9 Responses to 3 Strategies to increase how much water you’re drinking

  1. Gina says:

    Buying a fun cup or water bottle always resparks my resolve to drink more water. I’m loving my insulated cup with a straw that looks like a take out cup! (downside: you can’t throw it in your gym bag unless you like soggy gym shoes).

  2. amy thomas says:

    I just fill up the water pitcher with all the water I need to drink for the entire day (with lemon in it) and leave it on the counter. When I walk by I just fill up till gone!

  3. RaeAnne says:

    I don’t have the time (or discipline) to constantly fill up a cup of water, so I use a camelback water bottle that holds about 30 ounces of water. Because of the straw mechanism I can sip on it and put it down anywhere and my 15 month old can’t spill it because it’s spill proof. I fill it up in the morning and then get going on my second bottle during afternoon nap:) I also try to drink some water before I take a bite of my meals.

  4. Treva says:

    I use Crystal Light in my water. I use enough to give it a little bit of flavor. 1 little packet can last me through 2-3 bottles of water. I also use this method at home and my girls will drink as much water as I let them. My 6 yr old likes that she can add something to her drink. She will pick putting in a Crystal Light packet over pop, juice, etc. any day!

  5. Sharon O says:

    I have been drinking more water also and discovered ‘for a change’ carbonated water. It is plain water with a carbonation like pop. Don’t drink it all day long just as a change from plain water, also I will put in it about 2 oz of cranberry juice or pomegranate juice to flavor it like a soda. It works good. Making myself drink more has been good just is a change in habit. When I finish my ‘allotted’ water then I feel I can have a glass of wine later.

  6. Alisha says:

    I never used to drink enough water and now I’ve seen an improvement in my health just by making an effort to drink more throughout the day. I use lemon slices to give it a little more pizazz.

  7. Sandi says:

    I’ve started a weight loss/healthy habits competition with some of my friends. I was drinking a LOT of soda, and one of the components of our competition is to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. I take the large 32-ounce plastic cups that I got from gas station sodas in my previous life and fill it with lots of ice and water. I carry it with me everywhere I go, and when the water is cold and I can crunch on the ice, I easily fit in my 8-10 glasses of water. Now soda is the exception, and I don’t crave it after drinking water like I did when it was all I drank.