I know I don’t drink enough water. I never really have. I’m often a tad bit thirsty. Not gasping for water, just a little in need. And I know this is past the point when you should have been drinking more water…I’ve known this for a long time. I just never really did anything about it.
I know drinking enough water is important for a multitude of reasons, with keeping one’s body and brain running more smoothly right at the top of the list. Even though I get it (you need it, yes, yes) and have even done cursory research about the importance of drinking water (thanks WebMD!), I continue to struggle with drinking good ol’ plain water, especially when I’m not already thirsty. And I probably always will (to a certain extent).
Side note: As I’ve mentioned before I’m a big tea drinker. I knew that my tea habit fulfilled some of my daily liquid intake…but I was under the impression (from my GP) that I was doing my body a disservice and really contributing to dehydration with the amount of tea I drink! Not true! I just googled how tea/coffee affects dehydration and liquid intake and realized that what my doctor told me was outdated information. She told me that I needed to drink more (much more) water to make up for the amount of tea I consume. I believe she said something along the lines of that I needed to drink 1.5 to 2 times more water than the amount of caffeinated drink consumed. I’ve just read that this is a myth that has been debunked! (with legitimate research.) Wahoo! And a friend of mine, a registered dietitian corroborated what I’d read. Happy days. Seriously though, this has literally made my evening!
Now don’t get my wrong, I recognize tea doesn’t make up for water intake and I still need to up that game. I’m not going to nix my water bottle toting, nor my aim to drink a few bottles of the tried and true H2O a day, but I’ll certainly feel less guilty for my fav daily habit.
One major thing I’ve found has helped me increase my water intake is using glass or stainless steel water bottles (instead of plastic). Not finding water overly palatable on a good day, plasticy-tasting water did absolutely nothing to encourage me to down a few mouthfuls of water here and there. It just tasted “blech” and not refreshing at all (which we all know we want water to be). Changing out the bottle was a simple, but surprisingly effective fix.
Now my forays into water bottles has not been as smooth as one would assume. First off, I tried a glass water bottle with no silicone sleeve. Bad idea (as you might expect). I busted it in my purse and ended up with (more than a few) cuts on my hands trying to save my wallet (and other odds and ends) from being waterlogged. Now I use a pretty little bottle from Lifefactory (I use the 9oz one, because I’m cheap like that). No breakage, even though I’ve certainly bumped it around a bit. A friend purchased the larger stainless steel bottle for me, from the FlyLady website. It’s insulated and I like that it is larger for when I’m out and about.
Any other tips and tricks for sneaking water into the day? I’m working on it, but I still have a ways to go…
Many thanks for reading,