How to Stay Hydrated Effortlessly

How to Stay Hydrated Effortlessly

Water intake helps your body regulate blood pressure, body temperature, and electrolyte balance. If you’re not vigilant about drinking enough water, you can get dehydrated and experience a host of issues, from lack of energy to dizziness and poor digestion.

Use these tips to remind yourself to drink water throughout the day.

Goals and Reminders

If you set a daily goal for drinking water, it may help you drink more of it. To get the best results, use SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound).

You can also set up reminders to pause and drink a glass of water occasionally.

Water Filter

If you’re avoiding drinking water because you think your tap water might be unhealthy, it might be worth getting a filter. While tap water in the U.S. is generally safe, filtration systems can improve the taste and remove excess minerals.

Reusable Water Bottles

Glancing over a water bottle on your desk can remind you to drink some water and refill the bottle. Reusable water bottles are also much better for the environment.

Water Flavoring

You can find powder and liquid infusions to flavor the water and make it more “interesting.” Read the labels on them carefully because some of them have artificial sweeteners or sugar. You could also get a water infuser and put fruit or vegetables.

Glass for Morning and Night

A glass of water in the morning will give you a boost and wake you up, while water before bed can prevent bad breath and dry mouth in the morning. Drinks with sugar in them can further dehydrate you or prevent you from falling asleep.

How Much Water to Drink?

A common myth states that you should drink eight cups of water daily. However, no scientific study supports the claim, and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recommends about 12 cups of water for men and nine for women. The NAM also suggests this can vary significantly based on your general activity levels, environment, and overall health. Generally, you should drink water when you feel thirsty.

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