Why You Need To Drink More Water and How To Do It

by Susan

Susan here to remind and encourage you with some tips for drinking more water. I’m not a medical expert and this is not to be taken as medical advice.

Why You Need To Drink More Water and How

We’ve all heard how important drinking water is to our health. It’s clearly one of the easiest and most powerful ways to improve your health and maintain your weight, yet I often hear from friends that they struggle to drink enough water.

In fact, even my mother, who has taken vitamins her whole life and eats a strict paleo diet, continually goes without drinking enough water in the day.

Why Don’t People Drink Enough Water?

These are the reasons I hear from friends about why they don’t drink enough water…

  1. Life is busy and my day moves fast. I don’t have time.
     
  2. I don’t feel thirsty.
     
  3. It doesn’t taste like anything.
     
  4. I’d rather drink soda or coffee.

I think it’s hard for people to really believe how important water is to their health and weight. So I collected some information to help convince you…

Why You Need To Drink More Water

Here are some of the health and weight loss benefits of drinking water…

  1. Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full. (WebMD)
     
  2. It improves the appearance of your skin. When your blood gets thick and water-deficient from organs pulling water from it, the blood in turn pulls water from skin cells. When your skin is dry, it’s less resilient and elastic, making it prone to wrinkling. (livestrong.com)
     
  3. It’s critical for your heart health. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D. (heart.org)
     
  4. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. (WebMD)
     
  5. It protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, lubricates and cushions joints, and gets rid of toxins and wastes.(CDC)

Another important benefit for parents is that when your kids see you drinking water regularly, it helps teach them the importance of drinking water.

How To Do It

Here are some tips to help you drink more water…

  1. Take a bottle of water with you wherever you go.
     
  2. Keep a jug of cold, filtered water in your fridge at all times.
     
  3. Before your morning coffee, drink a full glass of water.
     
  4. Before a meal, drink a glass of water and it will help you not over-eat.
     
  5. Add lemon, lime or other fruit such as strawberries or oranges to your water.
     
  6. Drink herbal tea.
     
  7. Replace soda with sparkling water.

Now, I’m off to refill my water glass. Want me to get you one too?

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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Jennifer Sikora September 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I do 3,4,and5, religiously. Thanks for these tips!!

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2 Susan September 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Good for you Jennifer!!! That’s awesome.

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3 Mommy's Kitchen September 3, 2014 at 4:36 pm

This is funny I just finished a post on Fresh water. I do steps 1,2,4 and 6.

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4 Barbara Platt September 6, 2014 at 3:34 am

I drink a lot of of lemon water. But prior to lemon water I didn’t drink a drop.

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5 diana.padilla September 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

Great tips – I have saved these indeed. Kiddies are hooked on those fruit drinks, and now I have ideas on how to incorporate water to their daily drinks.

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6 angie September 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

great tips and awesome reasons to drink water. My grandparents started us out early drinking water as they would keep a jug of water in the fridge year round for all to drink good cool water

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7 vickie couturier September 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

im trying to improve my water intake every day

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8 anne September 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I drink lemon water daily and all year since we live in a dry climate and nned to stay hydrated.

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9 Angela Saver September 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I drink a lot of water, but can always use tips on how to get more in!
Thanks for the great tips!

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10 DARLENE W September 12, 2014 at 1:18 am

I often use frozen pieces of fruit for ice cubes in my water.

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11 Sindy Murray September 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I try to take a bottle of water with me when I go out but I still fail at drinking enough water.

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12 Emily Smith September 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I try to drink a lot of water every day. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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13 Garrick @ Juicing with G October 29, 2014 at 3:49 am

A year ago I would be lucky if I’d drink a liter of water the whole day then one day I get diagnosed with prediabetes which scared the heck out of me so I started to increase my intake to up to 2 liters a day.

The great news is that by increasing my intake the prediabetes subsided and my blood glucose levels went down plus my hunger pangs went away because I didn’t know I was craving for food because my body was dehydrated.

So drinking lots of water is beneficial not only for flushing out excess toxins but also helping you eat less. Thank you for sharing this article.

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