Published: August 16, 2017

    Tips to Improve Your Daily Drinking Water Routine

    We’ve all heard the regular standby of “drink eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day,” and it sticks with us because it’s easy to remember. Hitting that mark of daily water intake can prove difficult, especially if you’re not in the habit of downing a glass of water between meals.

    For many of us, following that rule and drinking 64 ounces (or 1.9 liters) of water isn’t even hitting our recommended intake. Depending on your height, weight, age, gender, and level of activity the amount of water you should consume a day can easily exceed 64 ounces. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men should drink an average of 3 liters of fluids a day and that women should drink an average of 2.2 liters of fluids a day.

    If you’re looking to increase your water intake and stick to your ideal hydration level, incorporate these tips and tricks into your daily drinking water routine.

    • Dilute Sugar-Heavy Drinks – If you can’t get through a day without a glass of your favorite juice or lemonade, you can help increase your H2O intake without sacrificing your comfort beverage. Simply dilute it – fill half a glass with the juice drink and the fill the remainder of the glass with water. Diluting drinks will help you start transitioning to a water-centric diet.
    • Skip the Soda – Soda is one of the least nutritious beverages available. If you prefer the taste of carbonated beverages, switch to sparkling water. Drinks like Perrier and La Croix are becoming increasingly popular in the United States as consumers realized they don’t need to fill their bodies with sugar to experience that fizzy goodness.
    • Eat Foods That Contain Plenty of Water – Sometimes the constant intake of glasses of water can become monotonous. If you feel this way, add in some water-rich foods in your diet so you can hydrate while you eat. Foods that contain lots of water include watermelon, grapefruit, cucumber, cantaloupe, and salad greens.
    • Filter Your Water – If the water from your tap doesn’t taste particularly refreshing, how can you be expected to drink a minimum of eight glasses a day? Installing a whole house filter and softener from Pelican Water will make your water cleaner and purer. Our systems are low maintenance and easy-to-use so you can taste the difference without any hassle, or for the budget conscious consider installing a Pelican drinking filter system.
    • Use an App – Your smartphone can help you track your water consumption, making hydration more streamlined than ever. Several apps exist that record your daily water intake so you can start hitting your goals. Check out Daily Water or Waterlogged for iOS or Carbodroid for Android devices.
    • Mark Up Your Water Bottle – This is a tried-and-true method of increasing your water intake by making your progress visual, and a bit of a game. First, you should purchase a durable reusable water bottle that you can take with you everywhere. Then, mark the outside with personalized time goals – for example, the first goal reads “10 am” and the second goal reads “noon.”As you progress through the day you’ll be able to see your success, and can quickly down some water if you’re falling behind. For best results, buy a large water bottle that can fit your entire recommended water intake for the day.

    See what daily water routine tricks work best for you, and try to consistently hit your goals so you can enjoy the many health benefits of staying hydrated.