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Ways To Increase Water Intake

Ways To Increase Water Intake

Your body needs water to fuel your everyday activities. Water maintains your body fluids, hydrates your muscles and keeps your digestive system moving. It’s Mother Nature’s original appetite suppressant that fills your stomach and prevents you from overeating. Here are some ways to increase your water intake.

1.Make it to-go.
When you have a lot of job responsibilities and running tons, it’s harder to stay hydrated without giving in to convenience store or vending machine drink temptations. Fill a water bottle every morning and take it with you.

2.Drink water before every meal or snack.
A simple way to increase water intake is by creating a healthy habit: before every meal and snack drink a half or full glass of water. You can add flavors to it if you don’t like it plain by adding lemon, watermelon slices or ginger…

3. Ice it up.
Get creative and flavor the plain water with ice cubes. Sweeten up your water with frozen Clementine slices or with ice cubes made from a no-sugar-added juice, like pomegranate.

4.Say “no” to soda.
Whether your weakness is diet or regular soda believe it or not these beverages can cause weight gain even the diet drinks, remove soda from the fridge so that you’re less likely to cave to temptation. Instead, reach for water or to the alternative of sodas such as Sparkling Water with Lemon, Mint, Apple slices and and Ice.

5. Eat your water.
Drinking water isn’t the only way to increase water intake. Tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers, celery, green peppers, cauliflower, and spinach are all foods high in water content. Go for a Classic Cucumber & Tomato Salad.

6.Dilute juices.
Increase your water intake by diluting the juice you drink. Adding water to no added sugar juice will reduce calories and help you boost water consumption.

7.Alternate your beverages.
If you can’t get rid of drinking soda or coffee, or often attend events where you’ll be drinking alcohol, try this tip. Each time you finish a non-water drink, make sure your next choice is a glass of water. This way you can limit consumption of not-so-healthy beverages and increase your water intake.

8.Set a timer.
It might sound silly, but when you’re busy it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. Set a reminder on your phone or computer to take regular water breaks.
Add these tips to your daily routine to drink more water and see how easy it is to stay hydrated during summer.

Christelle Bedrossian
Dietitian-Nutritionist
Beirut, Lebanon

 

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