Health Tips

How To Drink More Water

When I started this blog (well, after I realized that it could be more than just an updating-your-family-on-your-life type of blog), I wanted it to be all about health and wellness. But to me, health isn’t just about eating right and exercising.
There are so many different components to wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, vocational, environmental, and even cultural wellness.
And THAT’S what I want my blog to be all about.
Now, I get that I have covered some of those aspects of wellness, especially vocational (which includes productivity by crafting, cooking, photography, design, and even blogging), cultural (traveling), and spiritual, but I don’t think I’ve covered the other components that well.
This is where that ends. Starting with the physical aspect. I’ve got healthy recipes covered. Now I’m gonna do fitness, etc. WOO!
A long time ago, I started “health tips” series on my blog. It wasn’t very popular, so I wasn’t very inspired to continue. BUT I DON’T CARE ANYMORE. πŸ™‚  Even if no one reads my “health tips”, at least I’m posting something on my blog that I feel is very important, and not posting crap about Jennifer Aniston’s new boyfriend or something (apologies to those who post about celebrities…kinda).
So that’s what this is. A health tip post. BAM!
Are you pumped?! I am PUMPED!!
Anyway. On to the real part of the post.

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This post is all about WATER. I know, I know. Everyone talks about how important water is. 
But it IS, y’all.
Why is water important? Water makes up more than two-thirds of your body weight. The human brain = 95% water. Blood = 82% water. Lungs = 90% water. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply and we are dehydrated. Crazy, huh?
Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. So if you’re low on energy, drink a glass. All of the cells that make up our entire anatomy depend on water to function. Pretty important, right?
In addition to daily maintenance of our bodies, proper water consumption plays a role in disease prevention. Drinking your daily water can decrease risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and has shown to also decrease risk of breast cancer. The list goes on!
How much water should we drink? An easy way to remember is to take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s how much water in ounces you should be drinking. So if someone weighs 150, they should drink 75 ounces of water a day.
There’s a “but” to this little rule. If you exercise (and you should), add 8oz for every 30 minutes you are active. Add another 2 servings if you live in a hot climate. Travel a lot? Add 8oz for every hour you are on an airplane. Yeah, those ounces can add up quick.
It is so hard to drink that much water in a 24 hour period. I am SO with ya on that. But I have some tips for you (and for myself) on ways to drink more water.
11 tips on drinking more water:
1. Spread your water consumption out throughout the day instead of drinking tons of it in one sitting. This will help you from feeling waterlogged. You don’t want to get tired of water!
2. Set a timer or buzzer on your phone for every hour or so to remind you to drink some water. My main problem is just forgetting to drink.
3. Put slices of lemon, lime, orange, or another fruit in a pitcher of water and let sit in the fridge. And bam, you have healthy flavored water. This totally helps me not get bored of water.
4. Drink a glass when you feel hungry. Sometimes, that’s just your body telling you that you are dehydrated. And if you really are hungry, the water before your meal didn’t hurt at all. (Actually, drinking water before, during, and after meals helps you to digest food.)
5. If you are watching TV, drink a few sips of water during every commercial break.
6. Check the color of your pee. Yep, you heard me. If your urine is medium to dark yellow, you aren’t drinking enough water. Keep your pee clear! πŸ™‚
7. Write reminders to yourself. Put a sticky note right on your computer’s keyboard! Can’t ignore that.
8. Try to slowly replace drinks with water. Do you drink three sodas a day? Replace one of them with water and work from there.
9. Carry a water bottle around with you. (A reusable one.) Take it to your office, to the living room, to your computer, etc.
10. At meals, drink a glass of water before anything else. Then you can have your tea, milk, etc. Do this at other times, too, like trips to Starbucks. Order your normal coffee AND a water. Drink both. Happy tastebuds AND a happy conscience. πŸ™‚
11. This one is my favorite. Eat raw fruits and veggies. They are made up of SO much water. The top 10 hydrating foods are: cucumber, watermelon, pineapple, romaine lettuce, tomato, blueberries, celery, cantaloupe, grapefruit, and pear. All of these foods are made up of over 85% water. Love it!
I’m challenging YOU to drink more water. I’m challenging myself, as well. We can do this!

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56 Comments

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    Jane
    December 11, 2016 at 6:38 am

    That’s a lot of tips Bailey. Thank you so much for sharing. I really need these tips as I am having trouble drinking more water.

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    anna
    November 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    this contains very useful information about how to stay hydrayted

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    Alina John
    January 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Write reminders to yourself. Put a sticky note right on your computer’s keyboard! Can’t ignore that.

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    Joshua Gould
    February 28, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Proper hydration is the key to wellness. Thank you for clearly citing the benefits and the tips on how to drink more water.

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    International Health Insurance Solutions
    November 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Water is one of the most important needs of the human body. Thus, the need to raise reminders about its importance. Thank you for doing so. πŸ™‚

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    Sports Supplement Suppliers
    November 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Water is one of the essential body needs thus, the need to take it more often. And that’s why these tips are so useful. Thanks.

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    ECG trainingΒ Los Angeles
    October 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Very well said, in fact, we have to drink 8 glasses of water daily.

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    Jessy @ Pueraria
    October 3, 2012 at 1:12 am

    As many believe we are made up of 70% water. Water normalizes every function in our body. Water flushes out all the waste and toxins also transports all the necessary nutrients our bodies need to look and feel good. Great roundup.

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    Sienna
    September 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    this is a great post, i know i should drink way more water than i do

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    Shannyn @frugalbeautiful.com
    September 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I find that whatever I have in front of me I eat or drink without any thought- so while it was hard to avoid soda the first few days, I now have a cute reusable cup with a pug on it and a thick plastic straw so I enjoy drinking water. I will also put some lemon or lime juice in it for an extra flavor kick. Hydrating is one of the easiest things you can do!

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    OneMommy
    September 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Hope you have a great SITS day!!
    Now, I need to go get a glass of water, because I am way behind what I should be drinking!

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    Vanessa
    September 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Great tips..I will definately use some of them!
    I blog about my fitness as well-I don’t think anyone really reads much of the posts but I decided not to let that stop me, I find it motivational if I put it out there each week to keep myself accountable. Looking at the number of responses here I think you have nothing to worry about..people love your tips! Off to check out the rest of your blog πŸ™‚

    Vanessa

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      bailey k.
      September 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Aww, thanks so much. And I’m headed over to check out your fitness posts now! πŸ™‚

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    LindaFaye
    September 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I agree. one thing that has helped me to drink more water is to have a large water bottle. when i see it sitting full on the counter i grab it and drink more. then i feel all accomplished when i finish it. silly, but it works for me. also, i drink more and more quickly with a straw. so that’s a little trick to get me to suck down more than i would otherwise. πŸ™‚

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      bailey k.
      September 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Good tip! I like straws too. πŸ™‚

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    Nicole
    September 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This is so important. In the past few weeks, I have been very conscience about drinking more water. It’s difficult but I make “spa water” by adding fruits, veggies, or herbs. I have noticed I just feel better all around and I feel fuller longer. Which THEY say feeling hungry between meals is often a sign of dehydration. Great blog. I’m joining the fun and becoming a follower!

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      bailey k.
      September 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Wow, great job! The “spa water” (haha!) really helps. πŸ™‚ Thanks for following!!

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    2busy
    September 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Happy SITS Day and great tips. I definitely need to drink more water. I need to ditch my most beloved diet cherry pepsi. Just sayin’

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    Amy
    September 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Great tips! Happy SITS day!

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    tracie
    September 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This is perfect. I’m ALWAYS looking for more ways to drink water, especially while pregnant. Thanks for the tips! Happy SITS day!!

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    Ginny Marie
    September 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I love your tips! I keep lemons on hand to put in my water–I do get tired of plain old water all the time!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

    Lemon Drop Pie

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    Nessa
    September 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I find that I drink tons of water if it’s really cold and sitting next to me while I’m on the computer. I don’t even notice that I keep drinking it until all of a sudden it’s gone and my bladder is full.

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      bailey k.
      September 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Wow. That’s awesome! I wish I was like that! πŸ™‚

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    Jester Queen
    September 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I’m trying tocultivate a water addiction. It’s hard, but I’m getting there. It’s very very hard. I’m such a space cadet, and suddenly I’ll be thirsty and realize I’ve hardly had anything to drink all day. Happy SITS day!

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      bailey k.
      September 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      That’s exactly how I am, too. I just plain forget!! I hope you get that water addiction! πŸ™‚

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    The Roving Retorter
    September 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Agreed! I get made fun of for the amount of water I drink, and have never cared.

    Also loved your Puerto Rico posts – I almost forgot how gorgeous that San Juan area is.

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    Erin @ The Grass Skirt
    September 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I love this post and have the same philosophy on blogging about health & wellness as you do. πŸ™‚ Congrats on your SITS day!

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    Toia
    September 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    PS – Congrats on your SITS day!!!

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    Toia
    September 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    This something I decided to do more of this week…drink more water. So far I am averaging out 4-6 glasses a day. I praying that I can keep up with it.

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    Pam
    September 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

    YES! Thanks for this post. Drinking more water has been probably the most noticeably helpful thing I have done for myself the last few years. I feel SO much better when I drink lots of water. I wish I had done it years ago. AND, it is one of the most important things that has helped my appearance (not to seem vain, but it makes me look thinner and makes my skin smoother and brighter. So that is motivating!) Happy SITS day to you! So glad to find your great blog.

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      bailey k.
      September 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I know what you mean about appearance. My skin is always so much prettier (and has virtually NO breakouts) when I drink enough water. πŸ™‚

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    Jenn and Casey
    September 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Happy SITS day!!!

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    Sandy Adams
    September 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I really have to start drinking more water. Sadly, I tend to gravitate more toward diet Pepsi. I know it’s bad, but it’s a hard habit to break.

    Happy SITSday!

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    misssrobin
    September 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I was doing great with this for a while then kind of fell off. Back to the water bottle I go. Thanks for the nudge.

    Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a great day for you.

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    Ari
    September 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Happy SITs day! I always try to drink more water, but I never know if I’m drinking the right amount. I will definitely be trying your technique.

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    WhisperingWriter
    September 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Happy SITS Day to you!!

    I try to drink my water. But I do love my Diet Coke.

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    Katy {and Kahler}
    September 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    excited about this series! #9 is one i try to do- keep it nearby and IN SIGHT! i keep a nalgene on my desk and it helps me remember to drink.

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    hannah margaret
    September 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Oddly enough, that has been my goal for the past few months. I carry a water bottle with me and try and chug chug chug in class and at home. I still crave my diet cokes, which is the worst. But I do drink a lot of aqua! Thanks for the reminder (grabs glass).

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    Amy
    September 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    That was fascinating. Thanks for the reminders. I always feel so much better when I drink tons of water. I love all of those interesting things, who knew dehydration makes you tired. thanks for sharing.

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    Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    September 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    Lauras Crafty Life
    September 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Found you at Sugar Bee Crafts. These are all great tips!

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    Kayla C
    September 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Great post and something I’ve been trying to do more of lately too!

    xo

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    Cindy
    September 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Great ideas! I’m a teacher and have read that some students actually struggle due to dehydration. So important to drink H2O.

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    Alesha
    September 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I love this post! =) My favorite way to get myself motivated to drink water is to drink it out of a wine glass. Something about drinking out of a dainty glass keeps me sipping all day! And if I use lemon or cucumber too, it’s twice as awesome! =)
    Alesha <3

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      bailey k.
      September 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      What a great idea!!

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      Nicole
      September 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      I think the glass helps too. And ice makes me want to drink water too.

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    Nicole Marie
    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    i’m going to go drink water right now! i honestly just forget too!

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    Allie Todd
    September 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Another great thing to pair with water is cucumber! It is surprisingly refreshing! πŸ™‚

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      bailey k.
      September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Oooh, yes! Good thinking! Forgot about that one. πŸ™‚

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    Michele Cole
    September 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the tips! I will use the one about setting the timer on my phone to remind me to drink as I get busy and forget.

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    Thriftary
    September 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    This is AWESOME! Thanks for the tips. Staring at my coffee cup now, apologize for the change I am about to make.

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    Christi Ellis
    September 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Love this post! I’m terrible at drinking water b/c i forget and sodas taste so much better. These are great tips. I’m going to set an alarm on my phone. I like the facts you provided too. Sometimes people simply don’t know how important water is! And I needed that reminder. Thanks, have s good water filled day πŸ˜€

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    Ash
    September 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

    i LOVE this post!!! oh you must continue doing this series, my friend (:

    and yahoo for water! i’m starting my day with a LARGE glass of room temp (: YUMMY!

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      bailey k.
      September 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Haha! Thanks for the encouragement, Ash!

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