It is common knowledge that we need to drink more water. But between its sheer blandness, the inconvenience of having to lug a water bottle around and the constant availability of tastier options, remembering to drink more water is so hard to do.
Here are 4 easy ways to trick yourself into drinking more water
1. Spice things up.
Sprinkling just a touch of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or good ole hot sauce on your food will definitely encourage you to drink more water. Even better, studies show that adding a little fire to your food increases metabolism and improves feelings of satiety, both of which lead to weight loss.
2. Drink from a straw.
Drinking through a straw helps you drink larger amounts in a shorter period of time. Another surprising and benefical reason to drink your water through a straw or sports bottle is that the sucking action itself is one of the oldest remedies for stress reduction and for providing a sense of calm. So you’ll drink more water and pacify yourself simultaneously.
3. Add a little flavor.
Adding natural flavor to water, such as lemon, lime or ginger to your water is a perfect way to add flavor while still reaping the benefits. Ginger infused water or ginger tea is made by boiling fresh ginger root in water, then straining it and allowing it to cool. Ginger tea is not only good for flavoring the water it is also known to ease digestive discomfort and relieve the sinus pressure and sore throat that often accompanies a cold.
Another great way to add a little flavor and aesthetic flare to a glass of water is to use frozen citrus fruit as ice cubes. Not only do you have a beautiful glass of flavored water, you are now getting the added benefits that citrus fruits provide.
An even easier way to increase your water intake without actually drinking it straight is by diluting your favorite beverages. This technique works well with tea, juice and lemonade. You still get all the flavor while doubling your water intake and cutting the calories in half.
4. Eat your water.
How in the world do you “eat” water you ask? Easy! You simply consume foods with high water content. Watermelon and strawberries are 92% water. Zucchini, radishes and celery are a whopping 95% water. Other fruits and veggies that have a high water content include: cucumbers, grapefruit, green cabbage, tomatoes, pineapples, oranges, cranberries, cauliflower, eggplant and the list goes on and on. Eating your water is easy and great for your overall health.
You have to consciously decide to drink more water. Set cues that trigger the thought, “drink more water.” It could be as simple as setting a bottle of water beside your bed before you go to sleep and when you wake up, drinking half the bottle before your feet hit the ground. Or, while you are at work or school, drinking water after every restroom break or taking three sips of water before every meal or using an app to track your water intake. The list of possibilities is endless but the result has to be the same…drink more water!
|||^||The NY Times: The Claim: Spicy Foods Increase Metabolism|
|||^||Sensory: Three Benefits of Drinking Water Through a Straw|
|||^||Live Strong: Ginger Water benefits|
|||^||SF Gate: List of Fruits and Vegetables with a High Water Content|