Staying hydrated is not always an easy thing to do.
Unless you’re one of those water lovers who chugs H2O like it’s your job, chances are you need to constantly remind yourself to re-fill that water bottle. If we only drank when we really felt thirsty, we’d all walk around like dried out and withered washcloths. Yep, dehydration equals wrinkly skin — not pleasant.
In fact, our bodies often mistake thirst for hunger. So the next time you’re thinking about grabbing an extra snack, ask yourself — how much water have I had today? Studies tell us we need eight 8-oz classes a day.
If you find yourself struggling to get enough, here are some easy things you can do.
Start early. If you’re not a morning person, you may walk around like a zombie, unable to function until you’ve had your morning cup of jo or tea. We totally relate. But while you’re kickstarting your AM caffeine routine, pour yourself a tall glass of water as well. The most important time of day to drink water is as soon as we wake up, since we’ve been asleep for several hours. It’s crucial to replenish our bodies (which on average are composed of 60% water). Tea and coffee dehydrate us (the opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish each day), so alternating between the two helps keep your body hydrated.
Spiff it up. Maybe regular still water bores you. If that’s the case, opt for some bubbly water instead. We can’t help but feel a bit fancier when we drink it. Even better? Add a twist of lemon or lime, or a squeeze of grapefruit juice.
Infuse it. Take that h20 up a notch by enhancing it with cucumber slices, berries, citrus, and fresh mint or basil. Your water will taste better, your body will thank you, and you’ll totally feel like you’re at a spa. Just be sure to let everything mingle for at least eight hours or overnight, for maximum flavor.
Watch the alcohol. When you’re drinking, always be sure to regularly sip water as well. Just like caffeine, alcohol is incredibly dehydrating. Don’t worry, it won’t kill your buzz!