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5 Proven Steps to Drink More Water

December 10, 2021 Mallory 8Comment

I know I know, there are a bazillion posts out there encouraging people to drink more water and giving tips on how. While I plan to give tips on how to drink more water, my ways are proven and have worked on myself and many others. My goal in life is to streamline everything I do and drinking water is included in that.

I decided to choose only 5 tips on how to drink more water because I didn’t want this to feel like an overwhelming list of things people felt like they needed to do. Also, I didn’t want to add a ton of fluff and try to give people tips that may not be as beneficial as the ones listed below. The 5 ways I included in this post are actions I have done myself and have been a part of the increase in my water intake.

What are the benefits of drinking more water?

Water literally has TONS of benefits. Some that you would expect (like hydrating your body), and some you wouldn’t. I am someone who is pretty prone to headaches so it is crucial I stay hydrated to avoid those. Other benefits of drinking water include aiding in weight loss, boosting skin health, regulating body temperature, and helping your digestive system. All of that will help you feel soooooooooo much better on a day to day basis. Another great benefit that many people don’t know about is how good drinking water is for your kidneys. People who drink more water are less likely to have multiple kidney stones in their future.

How much water should you drink?

Believe it or not there is such a thing as drinking too much water. When increasing your water intake it’s important to know how much water is actually a healthy amount. Women should be drinking about 90 oz. of water per day while men should be drinking about 120 oz. I usually drink from a 28 oz. cup and my daily goal is to drink 3 glasses.

How to Drink More Water (In 5 Easy Steps)

1. Get a large water bottle and set a time frame for when each bottle should be finished

28 oz. Simple Modern black tumbler with black straw.

First things first you need to get a large water bottle that you like. I prefer the Simple Modern Classic Tumbler. These tumblers come in many colors and variations but I love the black because it gives that clean look. With this being 28 oz., it feels easy to have a goal of drinking 3 per day. My goal is to have 1 finished by breakfast, 1 finished by lunch, and 1 finished by dinner. Having those time blocks throughout the day helps me to stay on track with my goal and makes the goal feel attainable.

2. Get a wider straw

One thing about the Simple Modern Tumbler, is the straws are a little thin. This creates more work when trying to drink the water which in turn, makes me drink less. I swap out the skinny straw and put a thicker one in so more water is coming up at one time. I despise the idea of straw waste so I prefer these Extra Wide Reusable Straws. You will notice a substantial difference in how easy it is to get more water down once you start using a wider straw.

3. Start your day with water

Like I said in Step 1, get at least 28 oz. of water in before breakfast. I used to be one of those people who started my day with a coffee. I still have coffee in the morning but not before I drink at least half of my first bottle of water. Coffee is pretty acidic and having water in your stomach before coffee can assist with decreasing the chance of your stomach getting irritated. Plus, some people end up drinking their coffee faster simply because they are thirsty, so getting some water in pre-coffee can help you be able to just sip and enjoy your coffee slowly.

4. When you get to the bottom of your water bottle, fill it right back up

Having an empty water bottle by your side doesn’t do much to increase your water intake. For some, it is easier to just sip on your water bottle as opposed to taking longer chugs. If you have an impulse to sip but your water is empty, you’ve missed out on those moments of hydration. Getting into the habit of going straight to the sink or fridge for more water will help when you are just trying to sip.

5. Add flavor to your water

Fresh cut lemons sitting on a cutting board

Some people just simply don’t like the taste of water. Adding a little extra flavor like a lemon or lime can help to flavor up the water. Another added benefit, lemons are known to increase metabolism and cause weight loss.

I always like to go the natural route when adding flavor to anything. I know they have those “Mio” flavors but I just always feel they are too good to be true with it being a healthy alternative to flavoring water. I’m probably wrong but I would rather just not add in some unknown substances into something I am drinking a lot of all day everyday.

If the water coming out of your tap tastes a little funny, consider getting a filter. I prefer the Brita Extra Large 18 Cup Filtered Water Dispenser. Throughout the year, sometimes my tap water won’t taste right from time to time. A little filtering action goes a long way when it comes to water taste!

18 cup water filer with dispenser

…and that’s it! These are 5 easy and proven ways to drink more water on a daily basis. Hopefully you take one, two, or maybe all five of these tips and stick them in your back pocket. All five tips have helped me increase my water intake and I feel if it can work for me it will for others too.

Let me know if you have any tips of tricks to drinking more water in the comments down below!

Thanks for reading,

8 thoughts on “5 Proven Steps to Drink More Water

  1. I struggle sometimes to drink lots of water. I use my fav water bottle and it helps me a lot! thanks for sharing these tips.

  2. I love adding flavor to my water! And my daily goal is a gallon…these tips are very helpful because once you get into a routine it’s like you’re craving water at that point!

  3. I love your tips. I always have a glass of water nearby and I usually always had lemon to make it more exciting!

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