Water – it is so simple yet so powerful. I’ve always been a fan of drinking water. I’m a runner so staying hydrated has always been ingrained in me. As you may or may not know, water helps move oxygen throughout our bodies which is essential for cell function. Water is also key to healthy digestion, sending nutrients throughout the body, and flushing out toxins. Water is often my starting point whenever something feels off in my body. If I have a headache or feeling out of it, I ask myself, “when was the last time you had some water?” I do this with my husband and kids too. As soon as I hear, “my tummy hurts” or “my head hurts” I tell them they need to go drink some water. It’s the one thing I’ve started repeating so much recently that it truly makes me feel like someone’s mother, haha.
Drinking water for some folks can be tough so here are some tips to help encourage the healthy habit:
- BUY A NEW WATER BOTTLE – I actually have multiple water bottles to encourage my hydration. One is my on-the-go sporty stainless steel 27oz water bottle and another is my at-home 16oz acrylic tumbler with straw (the same tumbler featured in our aniveBK Wellness Elite Kit and Starter Kit). When I was pregnant, I brought myself a huge new water bottle with a straw (I swear I drink more when I have a straw) to encourage the necessary increase in my water intake while pregnant. Who doesn’t like something new?
- MAKE FANCY WATER – Have a pitcher of water with sliced cucumbers ready to go in your fridge. The cucumbers give water that extra touch of refreshment. There are lots of subtle all natural combinations you can add to water to give it a little pizazz. Place fresh mint leaves at the bottom of a pitcher, add some ice, then add your water and refrigerate. The ice will help keep the mint leaves in place when pouring your lovely libation. Add a couple fresh basil leaves and a lemon slice/wedge to a glass of water for a refreshing mocktail. Even strawberries are great to add to water when you need a little something extra. The one thing I do try to avoid when making infusion water is letting any citrus (lemons, limes) rest in the water for too long. Also, if you want to go the refrigerated pitcher route, invest in a pitcher with a good strainer.
- HEALTHY COMPETITION – Make a daily goal with a friend, your partner, or even with yourself to drink a certain amount of water each day. I work on finishing at least 2-3 refills of my 27oz water bottle daily. It is recommended to consume 64oz a day which comes from the advice of drinking 8 servings of 8oz of water a day. This benchmark can vary based on the climate where you live, your weight, physical activity, and diet. No matter where you start, definitely set a goal for how much water you want to consume. If you need to, start small and challenge yourself to do more and more. During the week, when I chat with my mom, we sometimes check in to see how many water refills we’ve had – there’s nothing like a great accountability partner.
- BE READY – I refill my water bottle in the evening to make sure I have water ready first thing in the morning. I have pitchers of “fancy” water ready in my fridge especially throughout the summer. I always carry refillable water bottles for me and my kids when we travel. Many airports even have water fountains that are equipped to fill a water bottle. Just make sure it’s empty upon arrival at the airport then fill it up once you’re through security.
- START THEM EARLY – For my parents, guardians, and caregivers – create a healthy water habit with kids early. My kids enjoy drinking water because they’ve been drinking it since they could drink water. We pretty much only have water and milk available to drink in our house. Our kids have grown up seeing their parents drinking water so they don’t think anything of it. Of course they get excited for the occasional juice box or orange juice with breakfast but they will usually ask for water.
- DRINK RESPONSIBLY – If you like to enjoy a cocktail every once in a while, make sure you’re getting in that hydration during happy hour. I have a rule for myself that for every adult beverage I drink, I have a glass of water next. This is easy to do when you’re out to dinner or at a bar – always ask for a glass of water when you order your drink. You will definitely enjoy your outing that much more and you’ll feel great the next morning. I wish my 21 year old self knew this rule, LOL.
If you’re already a water warrior or trying to jumpstart the healthy habit of water consumption, remember that each day is a new day to start. What better way to start your day then with a glass of water – Cheers to that!