Gimme Five Friday: 5 Ways to Drink More Water

Hello, and welcome to Gimme Five Fridays - a new post series that blends a whole lot of TGIF with a dash of OCD.  In these posts, I’ll be sharing collections of nutrition-related facts, life hacks, and pro tips, all aimed at promoting a healthier and happier way of life (in nice, organized lists, of course).  I hope these little nuggets of knowledge make eating and living healthier a bit more fun - because that’s what Fridays are all about, right?

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Without further adieu, Gimme Five Friday post #1 - 5 Ways to Drink More Water.

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First of all, how much water should we be drinking?  According to the Institute of Medicine, adequate intake (AI) for men is about 13 cups (3 liters / 104 ounces) of total fluids a day, and the AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters / 72 ounces) of total fluids a day.  Considering water makes up about 60 percent of our total body weight, it’s no wonder the rec’s for daily water consumption are so high.  However, drinking this much water in a 24-hour period is difficult for many.  But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered - read below for 5 easy ways you can get more water in your life.

  1. Invest in a glass or BPA-free plastic bottle.  The key word here is invest.  Generally, the more we spend on something, the more inclined we are to use it - plus, purchasing a high-quality bottle will ensure that you can conveniently sip water for years to come!  Be sure to find a bottle that is big enough, but is also easy for you to take everywhere.  

  2. Mix it up.  Plain water can get boring - try adding fresh citrus juice or wedges to your water.  Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit - give ‘em all a try!  Also, for those with digestive issues, the added acidity from fresh citrus juice may help relieve your heartburn or upset stomach.

  3. Drink the bubbly stuff.  Carbonated water is water, too!  Swap out regular water for carbonated a few times per week.  But note - a lot of carbonated waters contain sugar, salt, and other additives, so make sure you read the label before purchasing.  The ingredient list should simply read, “carbonated water”.

  4. Eat your water.  Get your nom on!  Many fruits and vegetables are more than 90% water, making them a great way to stay hydrated.  A few of these foods include, cucumber, celery, zucchini, watermelon, strawberries, and cauliflower. 

  5. Download a water-tracking app.  Yep, there’s an app for that.  Just search “water tracker” in your smartphone’s app store, and you’ll find a few different apps that not only allow you to track your water consumption, but also let you set up alerts to remind you to drink water throughout the day.  The kids these days have it all...

So gimme five, and start sipping water your way today!

Eat (& drink) well,

Sarah