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13 Funny Ways To Make You Drink More Water

13 Funny Ways To Make You Drink More Water

You know you need to drink water but it’s easy to forget and difficult to be enthused. So, what do you do? Give up? Hook up some IV fluids? No need. Drinking water doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. There are a number of ways to make your newest healthy habit fun!

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    Sometimes cold water is nice. Sometimes it just isn’t. Water doesn’t have to be cold or even room temperature. Warm it up when you feel like it. Not only is it sometimes more enjoyable, but it can also aid in digestion, prevent constipation, and more!

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      If water is just WAY too boring for you, substitute it for some herbal tea. It’s hydrating, tastes good, and depending on the herbs you use may have added health benefits. Herbal teas are good both hot and cold. Just try to avoid sweetening and for the best hydration, avoid caffeinated teas.

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        It’s all too easy to forget your water at home or in the car, and it can be difficult to lug just any water container around with you all day. That’s why it’s important to make it easy and hands-free. There are a ton of water bottles made with a hook for a belt or bag, so hydration easier than ever before.

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          Sometimes it’s all about pumping yourself up and getting excited about your new habit. Pick out a fun water bottle that suits your personality, a conversation starter, to make drinking water fun and cool.There are all kinds on the market today! Go check them out!

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            Thirsty people usually snack before they think to drink water. If you’re a chronic snacker and have trouble drinking enough water, setting reminders on the fridge or snack cabinet may prove to be a very healthy habit for you. A nice side effect to this is that if you drink water, you may feel less of a need to snack afterward.

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              Your water bottle can be your greatest ally and tool. Mark times on your water bottle so that you know how much you should be drinking by a specific time. You can even write words of encouragement on the side to keep you smiling!

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                What do you look at more than just about anything else as you go about your day? If you’re like most everybody else, it’s probably your phone. Why not use that to your advantage? Set a reminder on your phone so every time you pick it up you’re reminded to HYDRATE!!!

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                  What’s the first thing you reach for when your mouth is on fire because there was a surprise hot pepper in your supposedly mild Thai food? Probably water. If you can handle it, add some spice to your diet. You may find yourself drinking a lot more than usual.

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                    There’s nothing more irritating than being stuck in traffic. Driving is also dehydrating, especially in hot weather. On long trips, try to set reminders to have a drink of water every 20 minutes (15 minutes in warm weather). You’ll feel more alert on the road and you’ll snack less.

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                      If you use a straw, you’ll find yourself guzzling water much quicker than usual. Who knows why. Maybe it’s because drinking water with a straw is more enjoyable. Maybe it’s just easier.

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                        Try using an app like waterlogged to track your water intake. People love seeing a visual representation of progress. It’s encouraging to see as your goals are reached.

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                          Add some excitement to your water by adding slices of fresh fruit, mint leaves, ginger, or other tasty herbs. It’ll keep you from getting bored and it tastes great!

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                            Who says that you can only get your water out of a glass? There are plenty of delicious foods out there that will help you drink more water and stay hydrated.  Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).

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                            Last Updated on February 12, 2019

                            12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

                            12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

                            I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

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                            After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

                            Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

                            I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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                            There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

                            Using Chemical Hair Dye

                            I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

                            Smoking

                            Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

                            Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

                            When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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                            If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

                            Using Chemical Household Cleaners

                            If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

                            Using Mothballs

                            When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

                            Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

                            I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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                            Neglecting My Physical Health

                            In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

                            Drinking Alcohol

                            Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

                            De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

                            I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

                            Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

                            I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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                            Buying the Wrong Food

                            I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

                            While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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