Simple Tricks to Drink More Water

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How Much Water Do You Need?

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Drinking enough water during the day can be a struggle. It seems simple enough, but there can be barriers to staying hydrated. Some people don't enjoy the taste of water, and look for ways to make water taste better or instead wind up drinking sugary beverages. Others may sit down to work or study during the day, and not think to have some water to drink close at hand. 

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) need to take care to drink enough water, especially if diarrhea is an issue. Some daily water intake can also be gotten through eating a healthy diet, but if absorption is an issue, it's even more important to drink water. Every person's water needs are a little different, so there's no hard and fast rule about how much to drink. The key is to determine your own water needs based on your health, your environment (such as hot, dry weather), and if you exercise enough to sweat.

If you find water boring, there are a number of simple and healthy ways to make it a more appealing drink. If you forget to drink water or are just not in the habit, there are several simple tricks you can use to boost your water intake during the day. If you truly think you are dehydrated, check with your doctor about the best way for you to get enough hydration.

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Treat Yourself to a Pitcher That You Love

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What size, shape, or color of water pitcher is pleasing to your eye? Whatever that is, that's what you need. Image © Photo 24 / Stockbyte / Getty Images,

One way to drink more water is to make sure that it is always close at hand. A pitcher or carafe of water sitting nearby could spur you into remembering to pour yourself a glass every so often. Choose a pitcher that you like and that fits with your personality or your decor. Maybe you even have one that was given to you as a gift, or that you only get out for special occasions. Glass and stainless steel make good choices, and will often make a nice accent on a table or a counter. A pitcher doesn't have to be expensive—it just needs to be something that you find pleasing and that you can keep nearby during the day

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Try a Fruit Infusion

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Lemon water is a great way to get your water every day. Image © photo by Asri' rie / Moment Open / Getty Images

Do you find the taste of water boring? Water is best to stay hydrated, but it's understandable if it turns you off because of the taste or the "meh" factor. Don't reach for other types of drinks or mix-in powders: Many of them contain ingredients that are not healthy. Instead, you can use some fresh fruits or herbs to infuse some natural flavor into your water. The quickest and easiest way is to add some lemon to your water. Wash and slice up a fresh lemon. Take a wedge and squeeze it over your glass of water to give it a fresh citrus taste. If you're cold, try some lemon in hot water and see how comforting it is. If you want to try something more adventurous, there are no shortage of recipes for infusing water with fresh ingredients. If you decide that's the way to go for you, you could even try using an infusion pitcher to make it a little easier

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Going to a Meeting? Bring Your Water!

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Before you go to your next meeting, fill up your water bottle and keep up with your hydration. Image © Klaus Vedfelt / Digital Vision / Getty Images

One of the barriers to getting enough water every day is spending it in an office where you might not remember to bring your water with you. Most people have a reusable water bottle or  a coffee mug at work. One way to remember to drink is to fill up your water bottle whenever you are walking to a colleague's office or going to a meeting. Swing by the water cooler and get a refill. If meetings tend to make you want to nod off, you might be tempted to bring some coffee or tea, but try some hot lemon water instead. If you remember to fill up your water bottle 2 or 3 times while at work, it will go a long way towards helping you meet your water needs for the day.

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Get a Bigger Glass

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If you don't know how big your water glasses are -- measure them! Pour the water out of your glass into a measured container. You'll get a better idea of how much water you're drinking each day. Image © Oktay Ortakcioglu / E+ / Getty Images

In some cases, bigger is not necessarily better. But when it comes to drinking your recommended amount of water every day, a switch to a bigger glass might be just the trick you need. If you're currently using a glass that holds 6 ounces, doubling it to 12 means fewer trips to the tap, and you might wind up drinking twice as much water in the long run. It's such an easy switch to make that you could probably do it right now.

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