We all know that we’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
“8 glasses of water a day”. We’ve been told this forever. But for one reason or another, most of us are guilty of not doing it. We go around dehydrated and don’t even realize it. And our body pays for it, especially the kidneys.
Did you know that some hunger pains are actually signs of thirst?
Did you know that the main cause for kidney stones is dehydration?
Furthermore, did you know that dehydration causes a lack of energy, lowers cognitive skills, and may affect your mood?
Actually, we may need even more than 8 glasses of fluids each day.
There are a lot of factors to figure this, such as where you live and how much exercise you get.
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When I first became aware that I was not getting enough fluids, I made rules such as, I cannot have anything other than water, each day, until I have had my 8 glasses. Ok. You can have your coffee in the morning. But after that, no tea or coke or whatever, until you have finished off 8 glasses of water. And DON’T go trying to gulp it all down in the first hour of the day. Not helpful folks.
Drink 16 oz first thing in the morning.
This might be a little difficult at first. Start small and build up to it. As a result your body will wake up, kick-start your metabolism, and get “things” moving. If you know what I mean.
Do drink a full glass of water before each meal and snack.
They say that this will help curb your appetite. As I said before, thirst is often disguised as hunger pangs. It will also, fill you up a bit so that you don’t eat as much.
Keep a glass of ice water on your desk, on your bed stand, and in your car.
This way, you can sip on water throughout the day. Before you know it, you will have your goal accomplished. Get yourself a Bubba Cup. The steel ones will keep your water cold for 12 hours. Ours, keeps water cool all night long. It even still has ice in it!
Be sure to drink a full glass of water when taking medications.
I can take an aspirin at a drinking fountain with one sip, but use the opportunity to get in a full glass. If you are taking an RX, you should be doing this anyway.
Get a Water Purifier.
We don’t all live out in the country with a nice deep well with cool, fresh water in it. And some tap water can taste pretty nasty. We use a filter from Pur. Awesome little attachment that goes right on the faucet.
Additionally, Improve the Taste.
Purchase flavored or seltzer water. However, be sure that you don’t select drinks that have sugar added. Or, you could make your own flavored water. … Draw a pitcher of water each night before bed. Add a few pieces of fruit and VOILA! In the morning, tasty water. I have enjoyed one with cucumbers and mint. An added advantage here, would be that when the pitcher is empty, you know you’ve met your goal!
Finally, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables.
They are made up of 20% water, which equals more fluids!
So, there you have it. 8 ways to help get your 8 glasses of water each day.
Give it a try!