Friday, November 21, 2014

#nbnhealthyliving: 8 Ways to Drink More Water


Water is the basis of you being alive. It's important. Really important. So if you're not drinking several glasses a day, then chances are, your body is not properly hydrated. Up to 80% of your body is made of water. You're pretty much a big ol' water droplet with a pretty face! :) So, when your hydration level goes down, a lot of bad things can start to happen. Your body cannot function to the best of it's ability.

Love your body better and drink more water. Small changes can make a big difference. If you don't usually drink any water during the day, start with one cup. If you already drink a cup or two, great! Make it 3 or 4!! Here are 8 easy ways to drink more water! Try one, try two, heck, try them all!!


8 Ways to Drink More Water


1. Glam it Up!
It’s time to toss out that old, faded water bottle and upgrade to something cute, something glam, and something that will make you excited to guzzle down some water!! Make it fun!! Who doesn’t want to drink out of a super cute water bottle?! Toss in a cute straw for good measure!

If you’re looking for a cute water bottle or cup, you should definitely check out these and these! They’re awesome! 



2. Make it fruity!
Adding fresh (or frozen) fruit to your water makes for an amazing taste and it’s super fun, too! I’m a sucker for a glass of cold water with fresh lemon. Don’t stop there, though! There are so many sweet and fruity combinations! Try blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries! Forget ice cubes and toss in frozen berries! How fun! Some other fun and tasty additions to water are fresh basil, sliced cucumber, orange slices, lime, and strawberries!


3. Swap out your midday coffee or tea break for water!
Some of you ladies are drinking several cups of coffee (or tea) a day! I get it, I get it! The days are longer and the lists are even longer and you need that extra boost! Try swapping out one of those cups for a glass of water. When your body is hydrated the way it should be, it’s amazing what a difference that can make in your energy levels!!

  
4. Drink with the sunrise!
Rise and shine, beauty! Start every day with one full glass of water before anything else!! Not even your coffee!! Guzzle down one full glass while you’re getting ready or fixing breakfast! It’s a great way to start off your day and get hydrated right off the bat! 



5. Remember Your Bedtime Hydration!
Before you hit the bed for some lovely dreams, guzzle down another glass of water. Now, unless you want to wake in the wee hours of the night racing towards the bathroom, I recommend drinking this last glass at least an hour before you head to bed!!


6. Set an alarm!
Set 2 or 3 alarms to go off throughout the day as a reminder! Every time an alarm goes off, get up, get a glass of water, and drink it!! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of our days. Having that simple reminder can really help to make sure you’re drinking enough water!



7. Set goals!!
I love small wins! Checking an item off of my to do list is the best feeling in the world! So, make your goal to drink more water a little competition and reward yourself with the small wins! Find a large water bottle and using a bright colored marker, write some goals! Mark it on your water bottle - a quarter of a glass drunk my 7am, half by 8am, and the whole bottle finished by 9am! Draw cute doodles and markers on your bottle for great reminders! You’ll feel so great about yourself when you see that you’ve finished the bottle and it’s only 8:45a! You water warrior, you! ;)



8. Drink a Glass Before Each Meal!
Mealtime is a great time to remind yourself to drink more water! So, before you even dig into that plate, drink one full glass. If you’re cooking, finish your water while dinner is cooking! If you’re at a restaurant, this is easy! You have time to wait for your meal, so use that time wisely! :)


xoxo Lauren

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