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Tips to increase water intake

Did you know that 70% of our body is made of water, making it essential to health? The average person could live without food for nearly a month, but only one week without water.

Benefits of water:

  • Regulate body temperature

  • Lubricates joints and spinal cord

  • Prevents dehydration

  • Detoxes the body

  • Promotes satiety and feeling of fullness

  • Reduces cavities and tooth decay

  • Aids in digestion

  • Supports brain and cognitive function

It only takes a 3% reduction in fluid to negatively affect the body. The early signs of dehydration include dry mouth, swollen hands and feet, muscle cramps, headaches, and fatigue.

The recommended amount of water intake can vary from half your body weight in ounces; to one gallon. Most Americans admit to only drinking 2-3 cups of water daily. Tips to increase water intake

  • Leave a reusable bottle in places you frequent (work, school, car, etc). Typically stainless steel or glass are the best options.

  • Serve water during meals and order when eating at restaurants; also saving you money and reducing calorie intake.

  • Try soda water or a carbonated water when craving a fizzy drink.

  • Aim to get a majority of water intake during the first half of the day. Drink 30-40oz in the morning. Try the rubber band trick to visualize intake: One rubber band means one full bottle/fill up of water. If it will take 5 fills to get to 80oz, place those on the bottle and take one off every time you refill.

  • Infuse your water with a variety of fruits and herbs to add a more natural flavor

It will take some new habits and building a consistent routine to ensure adequate water intake, but your body is worth it!

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