I am finally, finally, getting back to a consistent workout routine and it very quickly made me realize how severely dehydrated I’ve been. From textured, dull skin to constantly feeling lethargic, I was so frustrated at how much I let go of the thing that we quite literally keeps us alive.
To figure out my current hydration habits, I started jotted in my notes app what triggers encouraged me to drink more water and from that list I noticed 5-6 very notable “tricks” that helped me double my water intake.
Water before coffee
I know, rude. But this is one of the easiest ways to force yourself to have water, mostly because the need to have coffee (for me at least) is so intense that this “block” forces me to chug a glass real quick so that I can get to the good stuff. Plus, drinking water on an empty stomach after sleeping is extra beneficial.
Choose your texture
It’s quite laughable how many conversations I’ve had with friends discussing which water is better – ice freaking cold or perfectly room temp. I’m not here to make you pick (there’s plenty of science supporting both) but I encourage you to figure out which one makes you love the process. Personally, I will -devour- water if it’s ice cold with a splash of lemon juice. Chef’s kiss.
Drink from a straw
This one should be obvious, but you drink more liquids through straws. If you’re concerned about vertical lip wrinkles from lip pursing, you can use my secret hack (apply a thin layer of eye cream above your top lip at night).
My favorite way to drink water is by infusing it with lemon, mint, and cucumbers. Ugh, so refreshing. Besides making water more flavorful, the fresh fruits and herbs add in extra hydration and digestive support.
Eat your water
Get extra hydration by eating your water – watermelon, coconut, strawberries, and cantaloupes are super water-rich foods that will also make your skin glow.
Bonus: placement and aesthetic glassware
Maybe this is a me-thing, but placing water in every room on every floor is the forceful nudge I need some days. It’s got to be obvious in order for it to become part of your routine. Lastly, beautiful glassware makes me drink so much water – silly or not, it gets the job done and makes me happy.
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