Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks – which is a very SCARY statistic since roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water and since sugary soda is a huge health hazard – upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems.
These health dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink more water, which doesn’t have negative side effects. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more. So put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice where the benefits really are endless.
Here are 10 simple ways to make yourself drink more water.
1. Add some flavour to your water.
We get it, water can be pretty boring. But instead of using the flavoring agents you see in stores, opt for something more natural—like watermelon chunks and mint or orange slices. To amp up the taste even more, let it sit for a few hours in your fridge.
2. Eat something really spicy, yes, really spicy.
Adding crushed red pepper to your plate will have your reaching for the water pitcher multiple times through dinner. Plus, studies show that hot peppers give your metabolism a boost.
3. Keep a water bottle close by.
Let’s be real—if you’re stuck at your desk all day or on the road traveling for hours, you’re not going to make it a priority to go get water very often. The fix: Always keep a big tumbler of water on your desk or a water bottle in your bag so you have no excuse. And if you work at a desk, leave the cup in plain sight so you’re constantly reminded.
4. Be prepared at the gym.
You know those muscle-y guys toting jugs of water in the weight room? It’s actually not as stupid as it looks. If you head to the gym without a water bottle, you’re not going to pause the treadmill every few minutes to get a drink, so come prepared.
5. Think how much money you’ll be saving at the restaurant.
Make a pact to only order water at restaurants and you’ll save calories and cash. Just make sure to ask for tap instead of bottled. Most restaurants use a filtration system anyway, and you likely won’t have to pay for the cup of water. No more $20 sugary drinks.
6. Eat foods high in water content.
It isn’t exactly cheating—you can technically hydrate with water-rich foods like cucumbers, melons, celery or even soup with a light broth.
7. Water helps you lose weight.
Drinking 16 oz. (the amount in a regular water bottle) before meals can help you lose weight, according to a 2010 study in the journal Obesity. Just knowing that drinking up can help you eat less should be enough motivation to grab a glass.
8. Help your hangovers.
If you’re out at the bar, you already know you should be alternating a glass of water for every cocktail (right!?). But make it a habit to always drink at least one more glass of water before bed when you get home. Not only will it help you rehydrate after drinking, but it’ll make your hangover suck much less.