Simple tips to improve your water intake

One big challenge identified is getting enough water during a workday versus a weekend.

Especially when one gets busy, the tendency not to take the time to hydrate is increased.

The following strategies also helped me improve my water intake:

  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator (flavored, or just plain filtered). Use a water bottle to have water available at all times and to help you track daily intake.
  • Drink with a straw or a fancy water bottle with a spout, as it helps increase your intake.
  • Drink one glass of water after every bathroom break and before meals.
  • Sip water during workouts.
  • In the winter, a cold glass of water can make you feel even colder, which may hinder your intake, so try occasionally skipping the ice or opting for a warm drink.
  • Eat foods that contain higher amounts of water, such as melon, cucumbers, celery and broth based soups.
  • Drink a glass of water while you wait for your coffee to brew, or set a rule to drink a glass of water before a second cup of coffee.
  • Add crushed red pepper to your food, as the spice will increase your need for water, and studies show peppers boost your metabolism.
  • Make ice pops by blending fruit, milk and water together and pouring into freezer molds.
  • After brushing and rinsing your teeth, make it a habit to drink a glass of water.

Along with these tips, try motivate yourself with frequent reminders of the health benefits of drinking water.