Want to drink more water? Here’s how.
Why is something so simple as water so hard to consume? So many people think it’s impossible to drink the amount of water that’s recommended daily for a healthy lifestyle. Well, luckily I have a few pointers for you that helped me with this problem. There is this saying that you must drink eight 8 ounces (8 cups) of water a day. You know, “the 8 by 8 rule.” Quite frankly, that’s not even enough. Some say men should be consuming at least 3 liters of water a day (like 13 cups) and women should be consuming 2.2 liters (9 cups). So the “8 by 8″ rule falls a little short for both men and women coming in at around 1.9 liters.
Now, I’m not going to go into boring details on why water is epic for your body. Especially since most of it’s common sense. However, if you are trying to lose weight and especially if you are suffering from Acid Reflux / Gastritis / GERD you must try your hardest to get this water in daily. Sure, some days might be hard than others but if you want to feel healthier, which you do, just try to do it.
Here’s a few secret tips that I do daily to help drink more water:
- Stop drinking cold water. For several reasons actually but for now, let’s just say because it’s harder to throw back lots of cold water.
- Drink only lukewarm water. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to drink and how much more of it you start drinking. I ONLY drink lukewarm water. Never any ice in my water. My main reasons for drinking lukewarm water are that it’s easier to drink and, for you Acid Reflux / Gastritis / GERD people out there, it improves your digestive system. The warmer your water is, the better it breaks down food. Next time you are drinking a cold glass of water with your meal, think about how you’re making it twice as hard to break down that food by “freezing it to death.” Obviously that’s an overstatement but it will help you visualize how much better lukewarm water is for your digestive system. Here’s some other benefits and resources on drinking lukewarm water from Livestrong.
- Create a system and make it fun. I like to drink out of interesting cups or bottles to add some life to my plain water. If it’s not one of my awesome Pantone mugs it’s in some kind of unique glass bottle, recycled bottle or even sometimes a mason jar. A lot of times lately I’ve been drinking out of these Mountain Valley Spring Water glass bottles. What’s interesting with these is that I’ve created a little system to keep track of how much water I’m drinking easily. Why? Because it’s kinda hard remembering how many glasses you’ve had so far during the day. Especially if you’re just using the same old cup. With these glasses I have 3 sizes – a large 33.8 oz (1 liter) bottle, a medium’ish 16.9 oz (500ml) bottle and a small 11.3 oz (333ml) bottle. Those 3 combined get me at just under 2 liters of water a day. I typically always drink them all once a day but in order to hit my 3 liter manly limit, I’ll drink the large one twice and usually the medium size one twice. Sometimes I even just drink the large one 3 times. I like using this method because it does the math for me, it’s kind of interesting, it’s fun and these dark green outdoorsy bottles look cool on my desk, haha. What’s your system going to be? Doesn’t matter, anything you want just as long as you’re drinking your water and enjoying it.
*Note – try not to add anything to your water. Mainly for those Acid Reflux / Gastritis / GERD folks. The last thing you want to do is add a lemon wedge, those things are like so acidic.