Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Drink, Drink, Drink More Water!

This is just a kind reminder that our water intake should be increased. Juice, coffee, soda, and alcohol are fine in moderation, but in terms of optimal sustainability and survival, we need water.

Some people (such as myself) enjoy drinking water, but in the event you face challenges, here are:

 10 Ways To Increase Your Water Intake

  1. Introduce children to water or diluted juice as the way to quench their thirst.
  2. Limit consumption of soft drinks, juices, sports drinks, etc. to special occasions.
  3. Substitute your customary tea, coffee or soft drinks for water.
  4. Use a straw. Some people find it easier to drink more water this way
  5. As soon as you wake up, drink a large cup of filtered water. It stimulates your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and activates a more alert brain.
  6. Drink water steadily throughout the day, especially if you exercise. Do not rely just on your thirst to be your guide.
  7. Carry water with you when doing outdoor activities, especially in warmer months. Also, get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you all the time.
  8. Drink a bottle or large glass of water one hour before you eat. Limit your fluid drinking to 8 ounces at mealtime so it will not impair digestion.
  9. Drink extra water if you consume coffee or tea to compensate for the diuretic effect.
  10. Keep a “water intake” journal for motivation to maintain your fluid requirements. (There are phone apps out there that can help yo keep track!)
Sill need assistance? Use this Daily Water Intake Calculator