Here’s a fact: the human body is made up of 70 percent water. Because of this, the body needs to maintain an adequate state of hydration to keep functioning at it’s fullest potential. Functions like digestion support and general well-being are just a few of the reasons to make sure you’re drinking up every day.
So how much is enough and how do we know if we’re getting enough? Eight glasses a day is the general rule of thumb, but there are other ways to gauge your hydration level beyond just being thirsty. A dry mouth, tiredness, dizziness, headache, dark yellow urine, and hunger are all indicators that you might need a water break.
If you haven’t deemed water high on the priority list until now, follow these super-simple strategies to up your quota, quickly.
Water is the ultimate thirst quencher
Avoid soda, sugary drinks, fruit juice and even coffee (yikes). Instead, go for a tall glass of H20. But if you just can’t do without your morning cuppa, chase it with a glass of water.
But you can also eat your water
The good news is, if you generally maintain a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies, chances are you’re getting more water than you realize. Lettuce, celery, and the melon family are all great sources.
Make it taste better
Does this sound familiar? “I just don’t like the way water tastes.” Well, that excuse just isn’t going to fly. Infuse your water with lemon, lime, berries or cucumbers and change the way you chug.
Establish frequent water breaks
Keeping a reusable water bottle in plain sight is an effective reminder to consistently sip all day, every day. Leave one on your desk, in the car, beside you while you watch tv. You can also use your devices or handy apps to track throughout the day. The more reminders the merrier.