Our bodies rely on adequate water intake to perform its essential functions. We need water to flush toxins from the body, keep joints and muscles lubricated, support healthier, younger-looking skin, promote good kidney function, and regulate body temperature. Water is also essential for healthy digestion, and dehydration can lead to constipation. Dehydration may also cause fatigue and increased hunger, as we often confuse thirst for hunger! Your individual water needs are based on your body size, age, activity level, and where you live. However, most men need around three liters of water per day while most women need somewhere around two liters per day. By practicing these five easy tips, you will stay hydrated and energized throughout the day!
- Keep a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day. Keeping a reusable water bottle on-hand is a convenient way to ensure you are staying hydrated throughout the day. Check out this list of the top-rated reusable water bottles. We also love this guide for water bottles with a built-in filter.
- Start each day with two large cups of water (at least 16 oz). Your body loses water regularly through sweat, urine, bowel movements, and breathing. After sleeping for several hours, some dehydration is inevitable. The best way to replenish your body is by starting your day with a large glass of water.
- Add lemon or lime to your water to make it more appealing. If you get bored with plain water, squeeze fresh citrus juice, add frozen berries, or even muddle some herbs to add flavor and nutrients to your water.
- Try sparkling water or seltzer if you are craving something bubbly. In lieu of soda, try natural sparkling water. With a variety of brands and flavors, sparkling water is a satisfying way to stay hydrated.
- Set a water goal. Setting a personal daily water goal is a great way to keep track of your intake and ensure you are getting enough. Start by observing your current water intake and then set a realistic and attainable goal, or try starting with eight cups per day.