Getting thirsty? Here are our best tips to drink more water every day

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runner-drinking-water ©Mike Kemp

Did you forget to drink enough water today – again? Let us explain how to drink more water without having to think about it all the time. You’ll be on your way to feeling well hydrated and refreshed all summer long. 

Why is it important to drink enough water?

Staying properly hydrated is one of the keys to feeling great. Water is especially important when the temperatures are rising and the sweat starts to fall. 

Though we’re all excited when summer rolls around, spending so much time under the sun has an impact on your body that you need to be aware of.  

For example, your body loses more water in summer than any other season. With all the backyard barbecues and sweaty summer sports involved, it’s no surprise why. 

a white woman wipes sweat from her forehead with a brown towel, with a water bottle in her hand. When you sweat it's especially important to drink more water.

But your body doesn’t just lose water during your summer sweat sessions. Your body also loses minerals like sodium chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium more quickly when it’s hot out.

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Water in Your Body: Infographic

Infographic describing some facts about water to help remind you to drink more water

Five tips for drinking more water

Whatever temperature it may be, it’s always essential to stay hydrated! Though it may not be easy to regularly drink enough, a little training is all it takes to turn it into a routine.

#1 Make it a habit

The best way to ensure you stay hydrated is to make a habit out of drinking water. 

Repetition is the key to forming any habit, so try drinking a glass of water right when you wake up every day to turn it into something you’re more likely to regularly do. Or bring a water bottle to work and take the opportunity to stand up and have a break every time you go to refill your bottle. 

At first you’ll have to remind yourself to do it, but after a while you’ll remember without even realizing. 

Another way to ensure you’re drinking enough is to have a glass of water with every cup of coffee. Though it’s been mostly disproven that coffee dehydrates, it can be a powerful diuretic when you drink it in high quantities. However, with a glass of water alongside your cup of joe, you’re less likely to feel those side effects.


Or you could try canceling out the effects of caffeine by adding some water in the form of ice cubes. Try our peach iced tea recipe for the best chilly, fruity, refreshing caffeine boost you might ever experience. Preloaded with tons of hydration! Bonus: when you add in some water, you’ll reduce the amount of pure caffeinated tea or coffee you’re consuming, leading to an easier time falling asleep at night!

#2 Drink water with a goal in mind

You can’t achieve your goals if you don’t set them. Though it might seem silly to write down how much water you want to drink every day, the simple act of putting pen to paper may actually bring you closer to your goal. 

But don’t just chug half a dozen cups of water at once! If you’re used to drinking half a liter of water a day, your body simply won’t be able to handle it if you suddenly start drinking three. 

Above all, we suggest drinking regularly and consistently throughout the day. You’ll only really start to feel the benefits of drinking water if you do it enough over a long period of time. 

#3 Measure your progress

Having a goal is good, but it’s even better if you know you’re making progress to meet it. Write down your daily water intake so that you have a visual reference to keep you motivated and on-track.  

#4 Always have water on hand

On your desk or nightstand, in your bag or car, it’s important that you always have a bottle nearby for whenever you’re feeling thirsty!

#5 Drink water differently

The best alternative to all the sweetened sports drinks and waters on the market is one that you’ve made yourself. It’s easy to infuse water with flavor by simply adding your favorite fruits, veggies, or spices and letting it all soak together for a little while. There are no limits to what you can add! 

infusing water with lemon and mint can help you drink more water

If you’re not sure how to get started, start by adding a few lemon and ginger slices. You’ll love how tasty and refreshing it is, especially if plain water bores you.

#6 Eat your water

slices of lemon and lime float in a frame full of water, with a splash at the top.
©Martin Barraud

Drinking isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. In fact, there are a lot of water-dense foods that will contribute to your hydration as well. Many fruits and veggies are naturally waterlogged. Think about how refreshing cucumbers, watermelon, and berries are during the summer. It’s because they contain over 95% water.

Infographic of foods that have a high water content to help you drink more water while you eat them!

Drink more water: Our summary

  • Drinking water must become a habit
  • Set a goal and measure your progress
  • Always have water at hand
  • Don’t drink only pure water – mix it up
  • Eat water-rich foods

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