Have a hard time drinking enough water?

If you're anything like me, you immediately realize and appreciate the importance of staying hydrated.  While there are literally hundreds of "fad diets" that come out every year, and medical opinions vary on the validity of said trends, one thing that virtually every human being and certainly every doctor on the planet can agree on is that we have to drink enough water to survive.  For the average person, a minimum of 2 liters per day is recommended, although for a more active lifestyle, this amount needs to scale up accordingly, up to as high as a gallon a day (or just over 3 liters).

Me drinking water from an empty seltzer bottle

Drink 2-3 liters every day!

Me drinking water
Credit: Self

Tip #1

Fill up empty soda bottles

This is a stupendously simple, yet unbelievably effective "hack" to help you drink plenty of water each day.  Start with a one liter bottle of your favorite beverage (I prefer to start with either a water bottle or a carbonated water bottle- see below), and when you're done with said beverage, just keep the bottle for future use.  Rinse the empty bottle a few times with tap water, and just use this bottle for the next day or two for your water consumption.

The real benefit to this:  you'll be able to measure how many liters you drink in a single day very efficiently, as long as you can remember how many times you've filled your bottle up!  Make sure not to refill until the bottle is completely empty, though.  I prefer using a plastic bottle and keeping the lid, simply because of the ease of use. 

Tip #2

Set a calendar alert (alarm) so you remember to drink water

This is a brilliant "hack" from one of my business partners at US Grappling that I don't personally use, but the idea is this:  set a Google Calendar alert to go off every 30 minutes or so, so that you remember to sip water throughout your work day.  If this is too OCD for you (and it really ought to be), try setting an alert for every 3 hours or so for you to finish your liter of water.  As you get into the habit of getting an alert every day and finishing your water around the same time, you'll no longer need the alerts over time.  If you're a creature of habit like me (and most people surely are), within 2 weeks or so your behavior will become automatic.  If you don't want to use Google calendar, just set an alarm on your smartphone or watch (assuming people still use these!) to remind you.  You'll likely know what the alert is for without any sort of description anyway.

Empty seltzer bottles, ideal for measuring daily water intake

Also, you get to drink the seltzer first!

Empty seltzer bottles work perfectly

Tip #3

Include "fizzy water" in your tally

If you have a tough time drinking straight water, you can definitely supplement your quest for 2 or 3 liters by simply consuming seltzer water, sparkling mineral water, or otherwise carbonated water.  A good rule of thumb is to make sure it's just carbonated water, though, or very lightly "enhanced" mineral water like San Pellegrino or Perrier (no, Diet Sprite does not count!).  I still prefer to ensure that I get at least 3 liters of regular water in addition to "fizzy water", as we pros (addicts) like to call it, but carbonated H2O can be an excellent failsafe, and if you can replace your soda addiction with soda water, your kidneys will love you that much more.

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