Ask a roomful of people if they enjoy drinking water, and you’re bound to get polar opinions. While some say nothing else quenches their thirst quite like water, others can’t stand the “taste.” But whatever your thoughts on water, hydration is crucial for good health. The human body is made largely of water which keeps it running smoothly, whether it’s helping cells grow, delivering oxygen, regulating body temperature and more. Luckily, there are easy ways to add it to your diet.
Infuse your water.
If water is too bland for your taste, try adding refreshing slices of lemon, cucumber, lime, strawberries, or mint—the possibilities are endless! When you’re on the go, you can even pack an infuser water bottle. Here’s a handy infographic about ways to invigorate your water.
Naturally flavored carbonated water is becoming more and more popular as people cut out sugary sodas, and it’s a great alternative to hydrate yourself if you can’t stand the taste of water. Just keep in mind that some experts say it may erode tooth enamel in large quantities, especially if you’re adding a fresh squeeze of citrus fruit for taste.
Buy a giant water bottle.
For some, drinking water is all about convenience. When you’re too busy to leave your desk (even though you know you should leave your desk regularly to avoid the effects of being sedentary), a large bottle of water can help you stay hydrated.
Eat hydrating foods.
Water is found in many foods that you can add to your diet for extra hydration. Cucumbers, apples and peppers are just a few of the water powerhouses to choose from. Check out Shape.com’s list of top 30 hydrating foods for inspiration. Bonus: Most hydrating foods are packed with vitamins.
Tally how many glasses of water you’re drinking each day. Simply jot it down in a notebook or download a fitness app to help you. After all, you may only think you’re drinking enough water. If you’re the type who forgets to mark your water intake, you can even invest in a bottle that links to your cellphone and automatically records how much water you drink.
Keep a mini fridge nearby.
If you live in a two-storied house, stash some water in a mini fridge upstairs. Likewise, if your office is far from the kitchen, keep a cooler or small fridge nearby. If you simply can’t leave your office on busy days, a standing desk placed near your water-filled mini fridge can keep you hydrated and healthy.
Give water to guests.
Offer visitors a glass of water when they arrive, and pour one for yourself in the process. Although this isn’t a daily habit, it’s particularly useful during the holidays when loved ones are in town. (Plus, it’s polite!) At the office, place a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy during meetings.
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