We already know how important water is to the health and appearance of our skin, and yet many of us still struggle with drinking enough water. Luckily, there are all sorts of tips, tricks, and tools out there to help. We’re pretty serious about having great looking skin over here so, to that end, here are our team’s top 5 strategies for drinking more water.
Strategy 1: Make your water taste better
Most people don’t enjoy eating and drinking things that don’t taste good. Water doesn’t usually taste bad, but it’s not exactly the most exciting thing out there – and drinking 8 glasses a day can get pretty tedious when they’re all tasteless. Adding a bit of flavour to your water can go a long way toward encouraging you to drink more.
There are all kinds of water flavour enhancers on the market today, or you can make your own by getting an infuser cup/bottle and adding fruit, vegetables, and even herbs. The infuser part of the bottle will prevent things from getting excessively murky or chunky while still allowing the flavour from the fruits and vegetables to mix with the water. Even better: you can keep the same mix of fruits/vegetables/herbs in there all day and just keep adding water.
We’ll share our favourite water infusions in another post. In the meantime, here are a few infuser bottles to inspire you:
If the issue is more that your water actually doesn’t taste good, you can always drink bottled water or get a water filtration pitcher or system to remove some of the smell/taste.
Strategy 2: Use a water bottle/cup that’s attractive and easy to use
Perhaps the issue isn’t so much that your water doesn’t taste good, but that it’s not readily available or it’s literally difficult to drink. If you’re always on the go, you might have an easier time drinking water if you carry it around in a water bottle - make sure you pick one that fits in a standard cup holder if you spend a lot of time in a vehicle. If you regularly carry a bag or purse with you, find a bottle that fits in a pocket/compartment or one with a clip that attaches to a bag or backpack. Even periodically changing up your bottle from one with a spout to one with a straw can encourage you to drink more.
Strategy 3: Add visual reminders to your water bottle
If you’re trying to increase your water intake, you’re probably already toting around a water bottle. One strategy we’ve seen is to add marks to your water bottle with intake ‘goals’ for you to meet throughout the day. For example, you could draw lines on your water bottle with hourly targets to keep track of how much water you’ve drank and remind you to keep going. There are also water bottles with these lines already on them, or you can purchase a water intake decal and apply it to any bottle you want.
Strategy 4: Use behavioural reminders
Visual reminders not really working? Try behavioural reminders! These are as simple as taking a drink of water every time you do something (before you eat, after you come back from the washroom, every time you need to go up/down stairs… whatever works with your lifestyle!). If you’re trading in your water for a more festive beverage, try to have one glass of water for every cocktail or glass of wine/beer.
To make these behavioural reminders work, you’ll need to have a source of water on-hand at all times (check out all those cool water bottles we told you about earlier you about for some inspiration).
Strategy 5: Use technology
If you’re constantly connected to a cell phone, there are many water tracking/reminder apps out there to help you remember to keep drinking. For example:
If you have a bit of extra money burning a hole in your wallet, you might be interested in a device like the Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder. The Ulla attaches to any water bottle and contains sensors that remind you to drink at least once per hour.
Last, if you love cool technology and don’t mind making a more significant investment in hydration, the Hidrate Spark might be the right choice for you! It’s a fancy bottle with integrated sensors that track your water intake, sync to your phone/Fitbit/Apple Health Kit/etc., and it glows to remind you to drink.
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