6 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

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I grew up watching my mother drink her water from a quart size canning jar and thinking, "she is so weird!"  I mean, really, who drinks from a jar when there are perfectly good CUPS?  To be honest, I'm not even sure exactly why she used a jar...maybe she was counting her ounces or maybe she didn't think our drinking glasses were big enough or maybe she was actually trying to be weird!  I don't know...(I should remember to ask her about this sometime).

Not only did she drink from a giant jar, I was always amazed at the AMOUNT of water she drank every day.  It was (and still is) A LOT!  I've just never been a big water drinker.  I don't ever really think about being thirsty (probably because I misread that signal as "I'm hungry," and so I eat instead), and to be quite frank, I hate water.  I mean, it doesn't even TASTE like anything!  I never understood the people who say, "Oh, I LOVE water!"  I mean, IT DOESN'T EVEN TASTE LIKE ANYTHING!  Do "those" people know that?  Needless to say, when I started doing these challenges, drinking 64 ounces of water everyday was a nightmare for me.  I thought it was too much, and because I don't really have much of a "thirst indicator," I struggled...bad (badly?).  There were MANY evenings that I had to guzzle 32+ ounces of water right before bed just to get my points...can you guess what my nights were like??

So, for those of you who think 64 ounces of water is painful, I'm right there with you!  HOWEVER; I do it (sometimes just to get my points) and it has gotten MUCH easier over the years.  Occasionally I even "feel" thirsty now (it's always a surprise when that happens)!  I still have my days when I'm chugging water right before bed, but that doesn't happen very often any more...and I have to admit that I kind of even like it.  Yes, I'm one of "those" people.  I'm not going to say that it tastes good, cause, as I've already mentioned...it's doesn't TASTE like anything...which is now one of the things I kind of like about it.  I can say though, that sometimes there is just nothing more refreshing and satisfying than a cool glass of water...or a jar...yes, I also now drink out of a jar!  I would try to defend this by saying that it's cool to drink from a jar, but I'm okay with being weird.  I have two reasons for THIS weirdness (there are no explanations for the remaining weird)...1.  It's so easy to keep track of how much water I've drunk (drank? - I don't know) and how much more I need.  2.  I never get my cup confused with someone elses.  Everybody knows to leave my jar alone so they don't mess with my ounces.  

For those who struggle with the water portion of the challenge, here are a few tips that might make it a little easier for you...

1.  Drink it FIRST THING!  Drink a glass of water or two right when you wake up in the morning and before you eat anything.  I read a book that said drinking a warm glass of lemon water first thing in the morning helps clean out your system and jumpstarts your metabolism for the day.  I have no idea if that is actually true, but it helps me get 2 glasses of water under my belt first thing and I figure it can't hurt, so why not?

2.  Have a good system for tracking...I use my jars.  I know that I need 4 jars (I use pint jars, not quart jars...that makes it less weird, right?)  And oddly enough, drinking 4 jars is easier than 8 cups...4 is less than 8, so it's easy!

3.  Make it convenient.  I usually fill two pints and set one in my office and one on the kitchen counter.  Those are the two rooms I spend most of my time in, so I'm constantly reminded to drink...drink...drink!  You could put yours in the fridge if you like it super cold or put ice in it or keep it in an insulated cup...I do not like my water cold cause it hurts my teeth, so sitting it on the counter for a while is not a problem for me.  And, it's easier for me to gulp 8 ounces of cool water than 8 ounces of ice water (brain freeze).  But, do what works for you.

4.  Bribe yourself.  I make a deal with myself that I can't drink juice or milk or a Diet Coke (I know) until I've had all my water for the day.  Usually by the time I finish all my water, I don't really want anything else.

5.  Flavor it up.  I don't recommend doing this all of the time, but when I have a bunch of water to drink at once, it goes down so much easier if I use a squirt of Mio or half a packet of Crystal Light.  My husband and I ate at a restaurant last week that served the water with a slice of cucumber in it, and it was surprisingly refreshing.  I'm going to try that at home.  I also freeze slices of lemons, limes and oranges and using those to flavor (and cool) my water.

6.  Drink from a straw.  I don't know why, but it makes it easier.

A healthy body NEEDS water.  Here are a few of the numerous health benefits of water...

1.  Helps regulate body temperature

2.  Aids in digestion

3.  Helps kidneys remove waste from the body

4.  Lubricates joints

5.  Hydrates your skin (which makes you look younger)

6.  Helps you lose weight (who doesn't want that?)

7.  Boosts your mood (studies show that even mild dehydration is associated with feelings of anger, depression and confusion).

8.  Makes you smarter (it doesn't take you from the village idiot to a brilliant genius, but your brain is 85% water and dehydration DOES impair brain function)

9.  Reduces acne and skin breakouts

10.  Makes you stronger (muscles that don't maintain a proper balance of fluids, shrivel and fatigue, which affects performance)

Please comment below if you've got a good tip for getting your water in every day.  We could all benefit from your wisdom!!

 
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