Food & Nutrition

13 Genius Tricks to Guarantee You’ll Drink Enough Water

Switch out dehydrating drinks for water

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“Caffeinated beverages and sugary sodas will reduce your body water,” says Larsen. “Caffeine will stimulate your kidneys to excrete water, and sugary soda will pull water from your surrounding tissue to dilute the concentrated sugar in soda, thereby reducing your hydration. Neither are recommended to keep you hydrated in hot, humid weather.” So instead of reaching for that cup of coffee or glass of juice as soon as you wake up in the morning, quench your thirst with a glass of water instead. But, stop believing these 10 hydration myths right now.

Toss in jazzy flavorings

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If you ever find yourself craving something different, try adding different flavorings to your water. “Using a water bottle with an infuser is a great way to naturally flavor your water, and it can be fun,” says Karen Sechowski, the district dietitian at Northwestern University. “Lemons and limes are always good, plus they’re in the grocery store year-round at a reasonable price. When berries are in season, I like to use those.” Some other tasty options include mint, cucumber, basil, orange, lavender, watermelon, and even a splash of fruit juice.

Eat your water

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Foods with high water content (including cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, watermelon, tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, zucchini, and other raw fruits and vegetables) can contribute to your daily water consumption. At the same time, Larsen says, “you cannot rely on just the water in food to provide you with enough water to stay hydrated. You need to drink additional water.” The best solution? Drink more water and munch on water-rich foods. This is how drinking water can help you de-stress with just one glass.

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