Do you drink enough water on a daily basis? Unfortunately, there’s no consensus as to exactly how much water a human needs on a daily basis. One suggested formula is to divide your weight by two. The result you get from this equation is the number of ounces of water you should drink within a twenty-four hour period. Keep in mind that water plays an important role in health. It helps to carry vital nutrients to nourish the cells of the body, helps to remove toxins, and keeps the organs functioning optimally. Lack of adequate water intake can result in dehydration along with lack of energy and fatigue.
If you’re not taking in enough water on a daily basis, now’s the time to make the changes necessary to keep your body well hydrated. Here are some tips on how to drink more water on a daily basis:
1. Substitute water for other high calorie drinks
If you’re a soda drinker, try substituting a bottle of flavored water instead. Not only will it be healthier for you, it’ll also be an interesting diversion from your soft drink routine. Pay a trip to your supermarket and discover the wonderful array of flavored waters available. To reduce your calorie intake, choose one without added sugar.
2. Make your own flavored waters
Making flavored waters is as simple as added a small amount of fruit juice of a few sprays of lime or lemon juice to your water. Water is much easier to drink if it has a little added taste.
3. Add ice.
Sometimes you can increase your appetite for water by simply adding ice. To make a glass of water more appealing, make your own herb ice cubes by freezing herbs and water in ice trays. You can also use frozen fruit as ice cubes.
4. Purify your water.
Purified water is healthier and it tastes better and you’re more likely to drink water that has a fresh, clean taste. A good water purifier can be found at an excellent price on auction sites such as Ebay and at other online sites. It can be a great investment in your health.
5. Record how much water you drink each day.
Once you know how many ounces you should drink a daily basis from the formula above, write down your water consumption each day on a log sheet. When you meet your goal, give yourself a small reward.
6. Carry bottled water everywhere you go.
Carry bottled water with you to work and keep a bottle in your car to sip on the way to your job or when you run errands. This is particularly important in the summer months when you’re losing a lot of water through sweating.
When you drink more water throughout the day, you’ll be providing your body with most basic element needed to maintain good health. Make it a daily habit and your body will thank you.