How & Why to Drink More Water
Water plays a crucial role in your health. Roughly 60 percent of your body is made up of water. All of your vital organs contain it, and it’s in your blood, too. It transports nutrients to cells, serves as a lubricant between joints, and regulates body temperature.
Inadequate water consumption can lead to countless health issues. If you don’t drink enough, eventually you will suffer from dehydration. Serious dehydration will stop critical transportation of nutrients within your body – three to five days without any water means death. Even minor dehydration can contribute to headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, fatigue, and decreased blood pressure.
How much water should you drink to avoid dehydration? Although the general consensus is that you should drink 8 glasses a day, the truth is that it varies for each person. The amount you need depends on your physical state, your daily activities, and the climate where you live.
Although recommendations for water consumption do vary, the fact of the matter is a lot of people don’t drink enough of this important liquid. If you think you fall into that category, try these tips to help you drink more water every day.
- Boost the flavor. One of the reasons some people avoid water is its taste, or rather its lack of taste. They are accustomed to beverages like soft drinks, and the understated taste of water just doesn’t stack up. Adding lemons or lime can help give it some extra flavor, or you can try carbonated options. It won’t pack the same sugary punch as soft drinks, but those changes could make it more enticing.
- Include water in daily routines. Try to include it in your everyday life, like when you first wake up or when you get home from work. After a few weeks, it will begin to seem like second nature to drink water at those times.
- Balance caffeinated drinks with water. Next time you grab a coffee or soda, have some water close at hand, too. Pair dehydrating caffeinated drinks with roughly the same amount of water in the same time frame. Getting into this habit will help keep you hydrated.
- Make water accessible. Sometimes having something in plain view is reason enough to use it more frequently. Water is no exception. Where possible, keep water close at hand. You’ll be more inclined to take sips throughout the day.
- Track how much you drink. Keep tabs on how much water you have throughout the day. Jot down how much you’re drinking in a journal over the course of several weeks, and see if it matches up with how much you think you should be. Another option is to buy a container that holds the amount of water you would like to drink on a daily basis. Draw from it throughout the day. This will help you visualize how much you are consuming.
All too often, people turn to coffee or soda as their beverage of choice, neglecting water. That dehydrating cycle can lead to a number of health problems that are easily avoidable. Try out these tips and enjoy the health benefits of water.