7 Ways to Hydrate the Heck Out of Your Self Care

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Hydrate the Heck Outta Your Self Care: 7 Tricks to Help You Add Even More Water to Your Daily Intake to Boost Your Health and Eliminate Some Unwanted Health Issues.

 

Waaaay back when I was in high school and college, water intake wasn’t on the forefront of health news. And they certainly hadn’t started bashing added sugars, nor started scolding us for drinking sodas. So back in those days, my beverages consisted of mainly straight juice, sweet tea (I am from the South), and sodas. All full of sugar. Like, LOADED with sugar!

I couldn’t understand why certain weird and undesirable things were going on as a teenager and young adult in my body. Things like terrible skin, horrible mood swings, and what I now know was the beginning of my panic attacks.

Being dehydrated, or even almost dehydrated can cause some really crummy things to go on in your body. And as a busy Mama, these crummy things are just some of the little things that stress us out, and put us on edge when we’re already being pushed to our limits in day to day life. Being hydrated is part of our True Self Care.

 

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When you get enough water during the day, it can help with:

>Improving your skin, hair, and nails

>Relieving headaches

>Reducing muscle cramps

>Helping to flush out your body

>Improving weight loss efforts

>Giving you more energy

>Helping wounds heal faster

>Improving concentration levels and mood

 

ALL of those things make it uber worth it to me to drink more!! 

Here’s how I get as much water as possible on the daily:

1.Drink It Before Every Meal

 

The first tip for drinking more water on a regular basis is simple – just have a full glass before each meal and snack you consume, including before your morning cup of coffee. This is one of those simple reminders that allows you to drink more of the good stuff, without really having to think too much about it. Train your mind to know that if you are going to put anything into your body, whether it is your breakfast or a late-night treat, you have to drink 8 ounces of water first.

This provides multiple benefits. First, it reminds you to drink another glass. It’ll also going to help your food digest a little better. Plus, it prevents you from overeating since it helps to fill you up a little. It’s not uncommon to think you’re hungry, when you’re actually thirsty. (Especially if you’ve eaten a super salty meal earlier in the day!) If you’re not hungry after a full glass, wait a bit before eating.

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You should also try to drink a glass of water before or after every other beverage you drink. Force yourself to drink the same amount of it as the other beverage you’ve consumed.

 

2.Infuse or Flavor It

 

A common problem people have with drinking water isn’t that they don’t remember to drink it, but they’re just not interested in it. This is totally true for me, and was a big issue when I was pregnant. I finally found one brand that I sort of craved. (Yeah, that had to do with hormones, those darn things!) The good news is, you have some other options. You don’t necessarily have to drink just plain filtered or tap water all day, every day. There are many ways to add flavor and make it more interesting, without piling on the sugar and calories.

The Simple Method

If you are short on time and just want a super quick way to add flavor, go with lemon water. All you need to do is add a few lemon wedges, squeezing in the juice first, then putting the wedges in it. Lemons have a lot of tart juice, so this will flavor your water quickly and easily. You can also try a mixture of lemon and lime, or use other juicy fruits like grapefruit. (Just one tip is to not let it sit for a long time, even in the fridge. The rinds have a tendency to leech out super bitter/sour taste if left too long. Trust me. It’s mouth-puckering.)

Fruit or Vegetable Infused

This is one of my absolute favorites! And when I make this ahead of time and store it in a beautiful pitcher in the fridge, I find that I crave it all day! When you can spend more time on it, you can use other fruits, vegetables, and even herbs to flavor your water. This is called infused water, since it’s a longer infusing process. You aren’t just flavoring it with these ingredients, but adding more nutrients from the produce and herbs.

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To make infused water, you should have a glass pitcher and access to filtered water preferably. Prepare your fruits, veggies, and herbs depending on what they are. Berries should be sliced so you can access the juice inside, fruits with hard skin should be peeled first. Veggies should also be peeled and chopped. Muddle your herbs to release the oils and flavors.

Add the ingredients to the bottom of the pitcher, cover with ice, then add your water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can before drinking it, which really allows those flavors and nutrients to come through. And oh goodness, are they delicious!

 

3.Choose a Cup You Love to Use

 

Do you want to encourage yourself to hydrate more? It’s all in the cup! Seriously, I’m so guilty of this, and it drives my husband nuts! If you use boring water bottles you don’t like, then you probably won’t drink as much as you should. A good way to have fun with it and remember to bring the bottle everywhere with you is to choose a bottle or cup that works best for you.

This might mean the overall look and color of it, or the ease of holding onto it while walking. There are so many small details that determine if it’s a good fit or not. For example, if you drive a lot, you want it to fit perfectly in your cup holder. On the other hand, if you bike for exercise, you may want it to have a tight lid, but one that is easy to pop off when drinking while riding.

Try out a few different cups until you feel like you have found the one that is perfect for you.

 

4.Limit Other Drinks You Consume

 

Another little trick for drinking more water is to reduce all of the other drinks you consume. This doesn’t mean drinking water 100 percent of the time. But, it does help to reduce the ‘bad’ beverages, so that when you are thirsty, you go for water instead. This eventually increases your water intake simply because you’re going for water when you feel thirsty, and not other beverages.

 

5. Track Your Intake

 

This isn’t something you need to do every day for the rest of your life, but for now, it might be hard to determine how much water to drink, and if you’ve even reached your goal for the day. Start by figuring out a good way to track your water. This can be an app on your phone, a notepad, a planner you keep in your purse, or a program on your computer. {Or just download the one below!}

Start by tracking your water for a few days before trying to increase how much you drink. This lets you know how much you’re currently drinking on an average day. If it’s less than 8-10 glasses of water (8 ounces each) a day, you need to start increasing it. Once you are tracking daily, it helps you know how and when to drink a little more throughout the day.

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6.Enjoy Fruits & Veggies with High Water Content

 

If you find that you simply can’t drink enough water, then eat your water instead! You should still try to drink as much as you can, but this is good for the days when you’re a little below your water intake goal. There are fruits and veggies that have a high water content, therefore helping to hydrate you. (Read: This does NOT mean drinking these as a juice–this means eating the fruit or veggie, thereby getting the fiber to offset the sugars you’ll be ingesting.) These include:

Cucumbers
Grapefruit
Apples
Pineapple
Lettuce
Celery
Radishes
Watermelon

 

 

7.Try These Reminders

 

If you enjoy water, but you often forget to drink more of it, these little reminders can be helpful for you.

  1. Drink water before every meal, snack, and other beverage
  2. Have a glass first thing when you wake up
  3. Hydrate before or after your workouts
  4. Drink a glass of water after every trip to the bathroom
  5. Have a glass or bottle every time you enter your office or your home

 

As long as you keep these reminders in the back of your mind, and follow the other tips mentioned, you should be on your way to dramatically increasing your water intake and reaping the awesome benefits from it! I promise your body will thank you!!

 

Grab your Hydration Tracker here–click the image below!

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What tricks do you use to get more hydrated? Let me know in the comments!

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