Ok, I admit it…I love water in pools, surrounding the Island we live on, in ponds, lakes, streams and everywhere in between. But when it comes to drinking it….UGH…I have to force it down. I don’t know why. I’ve always felt that way. I would rather drink a glass of milk than water. Knowing the body is made up of over 70% water, I am well aware of the importance it has in my daily life. So I thought I would share a few ways I trick myself into drinking at least 6 to 8, 8 ounce glasses a day.
Lemon Peel — it’s no secret I love lemons and they are a happy thing to me. So I will save lemon rinds after my daughter has juiced them or from a recipe and I cut them small and slip them into a water bottle or my cup. Seeing that bit of yellow makes me happy and it adds just enough lemon flavor to the water. Limes and Oranges work well too but I love the Lemon!!
Small bottles or glasses — seeing a smaller bottle tricks my mind into thinking this is just a little bit so drink till it’s gone which I will. Then I will refill it and wait a bit and do it again. Breaking it into small batches you drink all day helps with the digestion process and less running to the bathroom which happens after you chug an 8 oz glass.
Splash of cranberry or grape juice — let’s face it color is more interesting than clear. So I splash a tiny bit to give the water a hue of color which makes it more appealing to drink in my mind.
Decorative water/sports container — if I am running around and need to drink I will fill a pretty container and keep it with me in the car. It is easier to drink while driving or at a light from a bottle that has a controlled top or tip on it. Again, I pick a pattern/colors that appeal to me so I like looking at it and it invites me to drink it (yes, I have to do this stuff!!)
Water is so important to your body. When I don’t drink enough I can feel the affects immediately with dry hands, dry lips, fatigue, hunger (which is truly thirst), and even a cloudy mind.
I hope some of the tricks help you in reaching your daily ration of water!!!