10 Ways to Boost Your Water Intake

There’s a reservoir of research that tells us water provides plenty of health benefits.

The problem: Sucking up our recommended daily allotment of the tasteless stuff.

Traditional wisdom tells us to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Some folks disagree, but until there is hard proof you thrive on less, we urge you to make 64 ounces your minimal goal – and even more if you engage in exercise or other sweat-producing activities.

Drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol should be avoided due to their diuretic properties, but most other beverages do count toward your daily intake of water.

Soak up these 10 tips for getting enough water:

  1. Make it convenient. Keep a big water bottle on your desk – and reach for it often.
  2. Cut your fruit and veggie juice by filling your glass halfway with water.
  3. Have a goal of one glass of water every hour on the hour while at work. When the work day is done your water quota will be met.
  4. Freeze small pieces of peeled lemons, limes and oranges and use them in place of ice cubes. It’s not only refreshing, but it also provides a serving or two of fruit.
  5. Tell yourself you won’t treat yourself to a diet soda until you’ve had two to four glasses of water. In time, you’ll lose your taste for diet soda.
  6. Drink one glass of water before each meal; a second afterwards. A side benefit: If you drink a glass of water before you eat, you’ll feel satisfied more quickly.
  7. Cart along a refillable water bottle at all times and take a few sips when you are waiting in line, sitting on a train or stuck in traffic.
  8. Drink two glasses of water immediately after waking up.
  9. Always keep a bottle of water within reach while doing chores like laundry, grass cutting or making dinner.
  10. Drink from a measuring cup. It’s a great way to keep track of how much water you are drinking.


John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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