Most people don’t get enough water. But, staying hydrated is incredibly important for your health so here are some simple ways to get more water in your diet even if you don’t like drinking water.

Why You Need More Water

Water has so many benefits that most of us overlook the simple health underlying one of Earth’s most common elements. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Your body is made of about 60 percent water. And, functions like digestion, absorption, saliva generation, transportation of nutrients, and body temperature maintenance depend on water.

Your pituitary gland signals your kidneys, telling them how much water to get rid of and how much to retain. When you’re low on fluids, your body will trigger a thirst mechanism, which signals that you need to drink more water. But, by this time, you’re usually partially dehydrated.

Water can also help you control your calories by making you more full before you eat.

Water energizes muscle and, when combined with electrolytes, can help your muscles contract harder, relax, and cause you to feel more energized.

Water also helps keep skin hydrated and keeps your kidneys healthy. Finally, water helps you maintain a normal bowel function.

Purify Your Water

Because many municipalities treat their water systems with chlorine, chloramines, and other chemicals, the water can take on an unpleasant taste. There is also some research that suggests that regular tap water might disrupt healthy gut bacteria and irritate some organs, like the lungs.

Some systems clean water, however, and can make drinking water tasteless and odorless. You can learn more at BerkeyWaterFilterInfo.com.

These kinds of systems remove chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, and other chemicals added by local municipalities. Many people like the taste of pure water, and find that it’s the only way they can drink it.

Add Flavor

If you just can’t get past the flavorless nature of water, try adding flavor to it. No, not sugar.

Add a zest of lime, lemon, or some other citrus fruit. Alternatively, pop a few strawberries in there and let them steep.

You could also add mint leaves to a gallon jug and come back in an hour to minty-fresh water which tastes amazing.

The options are almost limitless. The important thing is to not add sugar or other additives which contain calories.

Bond With A Water Bottle

Pick up a good quality water bottle and bond with it. No, really. When you start toting it around with you, and make it part of your routine, you will start to become accustomed to it. You won’t want to leave without it.

Pretty soon, you’ll be drinking water day and night, wondering how you ever managed to live without a bottle.

Some of the best water bottles on the market are stainless steel. They’re not fancy, but they’re well-constructed. This is key. When you spend money on a good water bottle, you will tend to take better care of it.

Sip All Day Long

You don’t have to drink glasses at a time. In fact, by sipping throughout the day, you will tend to take in more water than if you try to meter out your water intake in bolus doses.

Plus, drinking a lot of water at one sitting can make you feel overly full.

The only downside to having water with you all the time is that it becomes a crutch. For those times when you do forget your water bottle, or you don’t have water nearby, you may find yourself becoming more thirsty than you otherwise would.

But, sipping builds good drinking habits, so it’s not a reason to give up the idea or avoid it.

Start out slow. Set a drink goal of 1 gallon per day. You can do this by filling up a gallon jug and keeping it next to your desk during the day, or with you (nearby) all day long.

Keep a smaller water bottle on you at all times which you drink from. This water bottle can be filled from the gallon jug.

If you workout or are otherwise very active, or if it’s hot out, you may need to drink more.

Eat Water-Rich Foods

Some foods have a high water content. These include fruits and some vegetables. Additionally, some types of starch have a high water content, like cooked potatoes, lentils, and beans.

Because of the high fiber content of some of these foods, however, you will want to drink even more water to prevent dehydration.

Walter Adams is an American writer, blogger and travel journalist. As a journalist he has worked in news wire services, magazines, newspapers and radio. He has a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, with a focus on Political Science from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has taught German and history in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has worked in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

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