7 Tips & Tricks to Drink More Water Every DayAugust 1, 2019
This is a sponsored post written by me for ZeroWater. All opinions are mine alone.
With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to discuss the importance of proper hydration. Many of us spend so much time outdoors during this time of year, visiting local parks, going on long walks and playing in the yard with the kids. Have you been drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated this summer? Today I’ll be sharing some easy tips & tricks to boost your water intake, from using a water-tracking app to choosing the right filtered water.
Since August is Water Quality Awareness Month, let’s start by discussing why water is so vital. In addition to the fact that water makes up about 60% of our body weight, water is essential for almost every function in the body, acting as a building block, helping to regulate our temperature, transporting materials, acting as a shock absorber for our joints, and so much more. Indeed drinking plenty of water will help the body function at its highest capacity.
So let’s get right to my list of list of tips & tricks to boost your water intake today.
1. Drink filtered water!
Who will want to drink water that doesn’t taste good? The first step to drink more water is to invest in a water filtration system. ZeroWater filtration devices are not only affordable, but they are also the only brand to leave 000 Dissolved Solids for the purest-tasting water.
In fact, ZeroWater boasts one of the highest-quality water and filtration technologies on the market. With the large 8 cup-pitcher, I don’t have to refill it too often.
Did you know that ZeroWater is only filter certified by the NSF to reduce both lead and chromium?
What’s really impressive is that ZeroWater offers the only gravity-fed filtration system that removes 99.6% of TDS, which is equivalent to the TDS levels in purified bottled water. What are Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)? They consist of minerals, salts, metals, chemicals, fluoride and runoff that may be polluting your drinking water.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to water filters nowadays, but keep in mind that ZeroWater actually has a premium 5-stage filter as opposed to the standard 2-stage filter of many competitors.
I also love that the water quality meter that’s included with the filter makes it a breeze to verify that the water consumed is basically free of dissolved solids. That’s a peace of mind that I appreciate.
You can find ZeroWater pitchers and dispensers ranging in capacity from 6-cup to 40-cup. I love that they’re all BPA-free!
2. Sip before every meal!
If you’re cooking dinner at home, get into the habit of drinking a glass of water while you cook & prep your food. If you’re sitting at a restaurant, drink some water while you wait for your meal to be served. Once you get into the habit of establishing simple little “rules” that encourage you to drink more water, it will be much easier to do it automatically. Over time, you will effectively increase your water intake.
3. Use an app to track your cups.
There are so many apps out there that will help you log your water intake. Find one and start using it. When you have a pretty chart that tracks your water consumption over time, it will serve as a simple incentive to keep drinking water. Some of these apps also offer the option of an alarm or daily reminder to encourage you to drink that water.
4. Grab a smart water bottle.
There are smart gadgets out there for so many things and a water bottle is no exception. A fun gadget always makes things more …well, fun! A smart water bottle will calculate your recommended water intake and then send you notifications when it’s time to sip. It also logs your water intake automatically. Talk about letting technology work for you!
5. Dilute sugary drinks.
This is a habit that I learned as a kid. My parents always used to add water to my juice and I just got used to the taste of lower-sugar drinks. Now I do it as an adult too. When I dilute something super sweet (juice, lemonade, iced tea) with some water, I still get to enjoy a bit of sweetness but I also get some extra hydration at the same time.
6. Consume water-rich foods.
Not all foods are created equal when it comes to water content. Be sneaky and get more water in your diet is by consuming high-water foods, like cucumbers (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water). Eating your water still counts toward your daily water intake.
7. Snack on salty stuff.
Who doesn’t love chips/popcorn/salted nuts? Those are some of my favorite snacks of all time and when I’m enjoying them, I can’t get enough water. So if you’re struggling to consume more water, make an effort to add more salty foods to your diet.
The recommended amount of water to consume varies based on several factors, including your age, gender, activity level, and more. However, a general guideline is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses per day. Increase your daily water intake if you increase your activity level.
Learn more about the technology behind ZeroWater filters here. Have you ever experienced ZeroWater technology for yourself? How do you make sure you drink enough water every day?