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Tips to drink more water

July 18th, 2013 | no comments

waterIt’s summer time and you know what that means—hot weather, sweat, sweat and more sweat! I’m going to get right to the point—if your urine has been looking more like the color of beer instead of white wine…you are dehydrated and need to  drink more water! Here are seven tips to help you increase your water intake:

  1. Set reminders. Set your phone alarm to go off several times a day as a reminder to drink a cup of water.
  2. Drink eight ounces with each meal and snack. If you eat the recommended three meals and two to three snacks a day, this equals out to forty-eight ounces of water!
  3. Drink eight ounces when you first wake up. Don’t forget, you’re in a fasting state while you sleep—this means no food or water. It’s safe to assume you’re also in a dehydrated state when you wake up. For a real pick-me-up, guzzle eight ounces of water even before your first cup of coffee.
  4. Count coffee and tea. Both help fulfill your hydration needs. Just try not to load them down with tons of cream and sugar. Sorry—sugar-bombed, whipped cream-laden specialty drinks don’t count.
  5. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere! Invest in a colorful BPA-free water bottle (make sure it fits in your car’s cup-holder) and refill as needed. If it’s always by your side you’ll have no excuse not to drink more water.
  6. Dilute juice with half water. You’re better off eating fresh fruit instead of drinking 100% juice, but if you enjoy a cup of orange juice with breakfast or dinner, cut it with half water.
  7. Eat more fruits and veggies! Most people don’t realize that produce is approximately 75-95% water. Not only do you benefit from the array of vitamins and minerals in your favorite fruits and vegetables, you’re hydrating at the same time!

Any questions? Now get drinking…water, not beer (or wine!)

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