Why You Need More Water
Water is vital to life. Ask any weight loss/fitness enthusiast, and they’ll probably tell you that you aren’t drinking enough water.
Dehydration can happen on a daily basis. It can cause headaches, fatigue, and even dry skin.
Everyone agrees you need more water, but not everyone agrees on how much. If you take a few minutes to google how much you need, you’ll find a different answer on every page.
Some sources say you need half your body weight in ounces (that’s a lot at 300lbs). Others say it should be 8 cups (8oz each) of water.
Generally, it is agreed that women need 8-11.5 cups daily, and men need 8-13 cups.
If you sit back and add up how much you drink daily, it’s probably considerably less than that. Sugary drinks don’t really count towards your liquid intake, but some people will include teas and coffees that aren’t sweetened.
So, you need more water daily, how do you get there?
Before my weight loss journey, I barely drank water. In fact, I barely drank any liquids. I often had headaches with “no cause”, but looking back over the day I hadn’t had anything to drink except to take my meds. Obviously not good.
It was hard for me to adapt to drinking more, so here’s 5 tips that worked for me.
1) Pick A Water You Like
Confession time, I’m a water snob. I’m one of those people that will swear different brands of water taste different.
The fact is that they really do. Depending on the alkaline and pH it can have naturally different taste, but not everyone can differentiate between them.
There are certain brands of water that I flat out refuse to drink. I’ve often said, “I’d have to be dehydrated in the desert to consider drinking Aquafina.” Yes, I’m dramatic.
The biggest key for me was to find a water I enjoy drinking. I also have found that I prefer it to be room temperature. So, play around with that and see what you personally like.
If you despise the taste of your water, you won’t drink it. Period.
Try a variety of different brands. By googling my favorite brand (Evian), I was able to find brands with a similar pH. I’ve found that I prefer a pH of high 6-mid 7.
This led me to check out other brands with similar pH values. And voila, I found a water I enjoy.
2) Get A Bottle You Like
Again, this seems like an easy answer, but it made a big difference to me. Find a bottle you like, and you’ll drink more water!
I’ve bought a ton of different sizes and styles (I definitely have a weakness for bottles and coffee cups…) until I found what I like.
Currently I’m using the water bottle that came with my 2B Mindset by Beachbody (I’m not affiliated with BB). I like it because it holds 24 oz and has a straw top.
I’ve tried big jugs that hold a ton of water, but I found they were too big for me to carry around daily. Having my bottle close at hand is definitely a good way to remember to drink.
Treat yourself and buy a bottle or two. You don’t need an expensive one, just get one with the features you want.
As I said, I enjoy a bottle with a straw top and convenient size. I’ve found that a clear bottle helps me monitor how much I’m drinking. The Contigo bottles are really nice, plus they’re dishwasher safe!
If you like cold water, you might want to get an insulate bottle like this one.
Bottles also come in a range of cool patterns and colors! There’s a ton of options out there.
The big takeaway should be to pick a bottle you’ll use. You’ll be carrying it around a lot, so make sure you’ll enjoy having it.
3) Set Reminders Throughout The Day
I don’t know about you, but my days get busy. And when I get busy, I forget to drink water.
You can’t chug all your water right before bed (I mean I guess you could…), so if you want to get your ounces in, you’ll need to spread your intake throughout the day.
The easiest way for me to do that is through reminders. There’s a couple of ways you can go about setting reminders.
First, you can set a series of timers on your phone. This can be annoying for the initial setup, but is still effective.
Second (and my favorite), you can get an app to help remind you. There are a ton of choices out there, and most of them are free. A lot of water apps will help you track your ounces too, which is important to know if you’re meeting your goals.
Whichever method you do, you need to be consistent. If that alarm/notification goes off, grab your bottle and drink a bit.
You don’t have to sit there and chug it, but drinking a little at a time all throughout the day will help you reach your goal.
A lot of people say to start your morning with a full glass of water, but I just can’t do it. I get nauseous and it’s very hard for me to finish it. Set your reminders for times when you know you’ll want to drink.
Before meals is a great time to drink a bit extra. It’ll help fill your stomach so you feel more full after eating.
4) Start Small
The biggest mistake I’ve made when wanting to up my water intake is always trying to go for the full amount right off the bat. This is problematic for a few reasons.
You’ll be in the bathroom all day long. If your bladder isn’t accustomed to all the water you’re taking in, it just won’t work. You’ve got to build up slowly.
You’ll be miserable and dread drinking more. There’s an adjustment period to letting go of sugary drinks and teas, and mainly drinking water instead.
You’ll feel like it’s a chore, and quit before you hit your stride. Most habits have to be repeated for a few weeks to get them ingrained. Getting overwhelmed at the start is a sure fire way to get discouraged and give up.
5) Add Some Flavor
Finally, add some flavor! As I said before, it can be hard switching from sugary drinks and teas to plain water. So the key is to make it not plain.
This will probably require some trial and error to find what you like, but there’s a multitude of options out there.
Some of my favorites are:
And there’s a ton more than that! Most fruits are great for flavor, and you can even mix and match some on the list. Ginger and lemon would be a good option, and mint and cucumber could be very refreshing.
Some water bottles have infuser baskets built in to them, but you can also add fruit to pretty much any bottle.
If you’re planning on adding flavors into your water, I would think about making sure your bottle is dishwasher safe.
Hope This Helps
I really hope these tips will help you drink water. Water is very important for overall well-being, fitness, and nutrition. Your body needs it, plain and simple.
Let me know in the comments what has helped you to drink more water!