The start of a new year is a great time to take on new goals.  Many people like to focus on making healthier choices.  Making a goal to drink more water is a simple way to improve health, and it’s easier than you think!

Water is important for overall health.  Staying hydrated by drinking enough water can improve your energy and ability to think and make decisions. Water helps you digest your food and also aids in weight loss. Intake of this simple drink also cushions your joints so your body can move more freely and helps clear your body of toxins and waste.

Best of all, tap water is free and easily accessible! There is no need to buy expensive bottled water.

Here are some fun and simple ways to drink more water:

  • Add water to your morning routine.  Fill a glass first thing in the morning and drink it down. Or keep a glass of water by your bedside and drink it as soon as you wake up. 
  • Drink water all day.Fill a large glass or water bottle with water.  Keep it close or take it with you when going out or to work. Take regular sips throughout the day. Refill as needed. 
  • Flavor your water for improved taste. Some people don’t like the taste of water.  Add lemon or orange slices or other fruits for added flavor.  For something different, you might want to try this Fizzy and Fruity Water recipe or this Homemade Sports Drink to help keep you hydrated after being active. 
  • Make a large pot of herbal tea. Herbal tea flavors like chamomile, raspberry or peppermint tea are not only tasty and caffeine free but have added health benefits.  Store the tea in the refrigerator and use it to fill your cup or water bottle throughout the day. 
  • Use a fun reminder system to refill your water bottle. Put a few rubber bands around your water bottle at the beginning of your day.  Each time you finish the water in the bottle, remove the rubber band.  This will help you to set a goal and track how much water you are drinking daily. 
  • How much water should I drink each day?  Eight cups a day is a good place to start, but your needs may vary depending on the weather, physical activity, overall health, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You are probably drinking enough water if you don’t feel thirsty often and your urine is light colored.
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