Staying hydrated is important to our health.
What exactly does “hydrated” mean? Well, this Mayo Clinic article suggests that men drink 3 liters (13 cups) of water per day and that women drink 2 liters (9 cups) of water per day.
So, why should we make sure our water intake is sufficient? According to another Mayo Clinic article, our bodies depend on water to:
- Regulate body temperature
- Moisten tissues such as those in the mouth, nose, and eyes
- Lubricate joints
- Help prevent constipation
- Flush out waste products from the kidneys and liver
- Carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells
- Help dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them more accessible to the body
Now, let’s be honest here. Many of us aren’t drinking the amount of water we should for lots of reasons.
Sometimes you just forget to drink water. Or maybe you’re at work or school, and don’t have access to water. Maybe you’re not close to a restroom and can’t take a tinkle break. Or maybe you’re just too busy.
Whatever your hydration challenge is, I have help for you. I’m going to give you some tips to help you easily reach your daily water intake.
4 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day
1. Drink your frog first thing in the morning
No, I don’t mean to literally drink a frog. Really, how would one even do that? ;)
I was just playing on Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, in which he talks about getting your biggest, most important task done first thing instead of procrastinating all day.
So, in this case…drink your frog, er…your water first thing in the morning. When you wake up, fill a large glass with water and drink it while you get ready. I fill up a 24 ounce mason jar with ice water and drink it while I put my makeup on, do my hair, etc. Before I leave the house to take the kids to school, I’ve consumed 3 cups of water!
2. Some like it hot
When it’s winter, I still drink water but sans ice. I heat up a 16 ounce mug of water in the microwave (you could do it in the kettle if you want) for a couple minutes so it’s warm and drink it in the morning while I sit with my dog + say my prayers. (If I’m really cold, I drink one in the afternoon too.) That adds 2 cups of water to my daily total.
3. Make it taste better
There are lots of recipes for fruit, veggie, and herb infused water out there, but it can be an expensive and wasteful way to flavor your water. I have a better, cheaper way that also adds health benefits to your hydration habit.
Yep, just a drop of any of the seven essential oils below will flavor your water and give your body + mind a boost. (doTERRA is the only brand of essential oils that I take internally.) How can you tell if an oil is safe for internal use? Look for a Supplement Facts label on the side. If there is no supplement facts label, do NOT use internally.
7 Essential Oils to Add to Your Water
1. Wild Orange: Supports healthy immune system and contains powerful antioxidants
2. Lemon: Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
3. Peppermint: Helps reduce bloating, gas + occasional indigestion
4. Lime: Supports healthy immune function and offers powerful antioxidants
5. Grapefruit: Adds refreshing flavor and supports a healthy metabolism
6. Spearmint: Cleanses the mouth and promotes fresh breath
7. Juniper Berry: Supports healthy kidney + urinary tract function and naturally cleanses + detoxifies
Tip: Get your empty glass, put just one drop of essential oil in it, add ice and fill with water. Use a straw for easier sipping.
4. Take it with you
As I mentioned above, I use large mason jars at home. When my family and I are on the go or traveling, we love the water bottles from Corkcicle.
Corkcicle bottles keep cold drinks cold for 25 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. My husband is in awe of this! We went to a Patriots football game in late August when it was 93 degrees, and left a 25 ounce Corkcicle bottle of ice water in the car. When the game was over and we got back in the car, the water was still cold!
Aside from the awesomeness of Corkcicle’s capabilities, I feel good knowing that my husband, kids and I are doing our part to help reduce the plastic bottle problem in our country.