When it comes to drinking water and being healthy, the combo is pretty much a given. Our bodies are made of a great deal of water. We need water to support organ function and to live. Water is a good thing. But when it comes to drinking water, and I mean the daily intake that you really need, it’s another thing.
The first summer I worked in film is one I will always remember. Being on the set of Allegiant was a dream but there’s nothing quite like 97 degree temperatures and little to no shade. Our first day of shooting, we had a handful of background actors leave at lunch because it was just that hot. So I drank a lot of water that summer. And I quickly got sick of drinking water so I moved on to other hydrating avenues.
From coconut water to watermelon, popsicles to smoothies, I tried everything to keep my hydration levels up. Mostly because I knew I needed to combat the extra heat. But also because I try to be the person who hits their daily water intake. So today I’ve put together a few of my favorite ways to keep you hydrated. From what to eat and how to stay motivated, these are a few of my favorite ways to get more water into your day.
This is my go to method when I’m getting lazy with drinking water. I love to make fruit concoctions and infuse them into my drinks. You can make a pitcher to drink throughout the day. Or you can snag a bottle* that does it for you. When I’m feeling particular lazy, I will just squeeze in some lemon and add a few drops of liquid stevia. A mini-homemade lemonade that gets me drinking up in no time!
EAT MORE WATER
If you’re a massive water slacker, food is a good way to boost consumption. Building meals with water packed veggies are great for helping to stay hydrated when you just can’t drink any more. I love lettuce, peppers and cucumbers for that extra bit. And there’s always watermelon if you’re craving something a bit sweeter.
MAKE IT A COMPETITION
During one of my shows, my boss and I decided to make it a competition to see who could drink more water. We would save the caps from each bottle we drank and compare at the end of the day. And of course, we would check in throughout the day to see who was winning. It was a great way to motivate each other and we had fun doing it. It was encouraging for me and I definitely hit my water intake each day.
USE AN APP
On occasion, I get into tracking phases. When I’m looking to make changes or see why something isn’t working, I always find that tracking what I’m doing helps me figure it out. So when I upgraded my fitness watch a few months ago, I looked into apps to track water. I’ve been using My Water* for a few months now and I love it. I record all kinds of drinks that include coffee, herbal tea and water. It helps me get a sense of how much I’m actually drinking. And it’s been great for helping me stay on track with weight loss/health goals. Instead of wondering whether I’m hungry or thirsty, I can double check to see how much I’ve had to drink. Typically, I’m thirsty and the app helps me make sure I’m keeping my hydration levels up!
Find Liquid Alternatives
I mentioned that I love making a healthy lemonade but that’s just one way to get in your water. La Criox, sparkling water and even green tea are great options for staying hydrated. I’ve been on a Zevia kick lately which is my alternative to soda and it’s basically flavored sparkling water. You don’t always have to drink straight water to get your daily intake in. Find some alternatives you like for the days when water just seems too boring. And if you fancy trying out a new water combo, be sure to check out my go to recipe below.
- 1 large bottle of sparkling water
- 1 bottle of coconut water
- 1 lime
- 1 lemon
- 20 cubes of ice
- Divide the ice between cups.
- Fill each about half way with the sparkling water.
- Add 2 splashes of coconut water per cup.
- Cut lemon and limes into quarters.
- Each cup should get 1 quarter of lemon and 1 quarter of lime. You can add more of less depending on your taste
- Top the cups off with the rest of the sparkling water.
- Add more coconut water to your taste and enjoy!