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Water Hacks: Tips to Drink More Water

In the beginning of this month, we explained the reasons WHY drinking water is so important. Yet, even though you know you’re supposed to be drinking plenty of water, and you have every intention to do so, you may still fall short of your needs from time to time. First of all, you’re not alone. We hear a lot of people say that they try to drink enough, they just forget, or they don’t always have water with them, or they’re not thirsty. We want to share with you some everyday “hacks” that can help prompt you to drink water throughout the day.

And remember, thirst is one of the first signs of dehydration – so even if you’re not feeling thirsty, it’s important to drink up all day long!

Water Hack #1: Keep It Visible

One of the easiest things you can do to encourage yourself to drink more is to simply keep a water bottle visible and within reach at all times. Get a fun, reusable bottle that you can keep filling up and keep it on your desk at work or in your car. Give yourself some type of visual to keep track of how much water you’re drinking. For example, if you need to drink 6 bottles full, group 6 elastics together on your bottle. Each time you refill the bottle, move an elastic down or up. Continue this until all 6 elastics are grouped together again.

Water Hack #2: Incorporate Water into Your Routine

We all have something that we do every day. It might be drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, taking a shower, or exercising before dinner. Figure out how to incorporate water in that regular part of your day and make it part of your routine. If you drink coffee in the morning, make it a routine to drink a glass of water while you’re waiting for your coffee to be ready.

Water Hack #3: Set a Timer

All new habits take some time to really sink in and become a mindless part of your routine – and that includes drinking more water. The ultimate goal is to drink enough without any outside triggers, but while you’re getting used to it, set a timer on your phone – or on your watch if it has the capabilities. Every hour on the hour, set the alarm to remind you to drink 8 ounces. When the timer goes off, stop what you’re doing and drink that water right away.

Water Hack #4: There’s an App for That

You can go a step further than your alarm on your phone and download an app whose sole purpose is to remind you to drink water. Many of these apps, like Water Log and Water Alert, not only to remind you to drink up throughout the day, but you can track how much water you’re drinking and how much you have left to meet your goals.

Water Hack #5: Make It a Competition

Start a challenge with your coworkers or family members. Okay, if you’re not a competitive person, consider it a friendly challenge. Make a common goal, such as 5 glasses during the work day, and use some type of form to track your intake in a common area like a calendar or on your desks. You can put a friendly wager on it, like the person who finishes last or doesn’t complete the challenge has to bring in the morning coffee the next day.

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Bottoms Up! Why You Should Drink Water All The Time.

You’ve been told time and time again that water is important for your health; that you should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day (even though this general advice may not be entirely accurate), but do you know why? You could just take our word for it – we don’t mind – but we think it’s helpful to know the WHY behind certain recommendations. In our experience, when someone understands why they’re doing something, they’re more likely to stick to it.

It’s estimated that a whopping 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This is a major health concern because every single one of your body systems relies on water to function properly. Being hydrated is associated with a good mood, healthy, glowing skin, and a normal functioning digestive system (you know what we’re talking about!).  Proper hydration also helps suppress your appetite and plays a role in helping you maintain your weight.

Since we’re a weight loss clinic, we’ll start with the weight benefits of drinking enough water. According to researchers from the American Chemical Society, people on a diet who drank two cups of water lost 4.5 pounds more over a 12-week period than dieters who didn’t have any water before their meals. While this may seem minimal, it adds up to an almost 20 pound difference over the course of the year. And it’s a simple lifestyle change.

Staying hydrated can also ensure that your metabolism is working the way it’s supposed to. Researchers found that even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism by as much as 3 percent!

Water is not just important for weight loss though. Drinking enough water helps prevent sagging skin, especially after a significant weight loss. That’s because water fills up the spaces in between the cells and plumps skin up, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Water also ensures that your digestion system is moving smoothly – dehydration is associated with constipation – and it can even boost your mood. According to researchers at Tufts University, mild dehydration can leave you feeling tense, angry, fatigued, and even depressed.

So how do you make sure you’re drinking enough water? DO you drink enough water? If not, what are your plans to incorporate some more?