Drinking H2O and staying hydrated can help you lose weight, energize your muscles, improve your skin & hair, flush out toxins and so much more.
But did you know that it’s also good for your oral health? Knocking back your 8 glasses a day prevents halitosis, cuts down on tooth decay and even lowers your risk of cavities if your water contains fluoride.
The problem is that even though you know you should be sipping water 24/7, you often don’t get nearly as much of the stuff as you should.
Well, if you’re committed to changing that and enjoying the many health benefits of water, read on to learn some smart ways to sneak more of it into your body.
Most of us are on the go a lot, so it’s critical to have a good, portable bottle that you never leave the house without. Invest in a high quality bottle, like those from S’Well that keeps your water cold for 24 hours and is double-walled so it won’t sweat all over your stuff.
2. Mark Your Deadlines
If you have trouble meeting your daily quota, try getting a see-through bottle and use a marker or tape to mark your goals according to hours of the day. This way you can easily keep track of your progress without measuring or thinking too hard.
3. Create Water Routines
You already have several routines that are a part of your daily life, so why not add water? For example, make it a habit to drink a glass of water in the morning as you wait for the shower to warm up or every night right before dinner. After a little while, they’ll become second nature.
4. Sip Through a Straw
When you drink through a straw, you tend to drink more and faster. So pick up a pack of bendy straws or even some old-school silly straws and drink up.
If you’re a soda or juice nut and prefer your drinkables to come with a tasty flavor, try various recipes for naturally infused water. You can even buy special bottles that include a compartment for fruits and herbs that will lend a little natural taste to your H2O. You may also want to invest in a home carbonating machine, like SodaStream, so you can make your own natural “soda.”
6. Eat Your Water
Many foods contain a high amount of water, so adding more of them to your diet will also increase your water intake: watermelon, cucumbers, grapefruit, iceberg lettuce, cantaloupe, tomatoes, eggplant and many more!
7. Set Alarms
Most of us have our smartphones with us every moment of every day and listen to them more than most of the people around us. Just set a few alarms or reminders throughout the day and you’ll be more likely to remember to stop what you’re doing and drink a glass of water.
One note about fluoride: If you routinely drink bottled water or use a water filter at home, you should do a little research to make sure that you’re still getting the cavity-preventing benefits of fluoridated tap water. Fortunately, popular filers like Brita and Pur do not remove fluoride.
Try these tips to up your water intake and improve your oral health as well as your overall health. And head over to our Facebook page to share your own water drinking tips!