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12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day

Water Tactics that Help You Get in Your 8

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Eight glasses of water every day? No matter how you pour them, that’s a lot of liquid. We're talking cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily quota—increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings—doesn't make drinking it (or dealing with increased bathroom visits) any less of a struggle for many of us.

If you feel like you're barely treading water when it comes to drinking your water, don’t despair. There are lots of little secrets—time-honored tricks that those elusive "water drinkers" use—that even you can try to transform yourself into an H2O-guzzling machine.

For best results, try the two that Spark your interest immediately, then add one each week until you’re getting all the water you need. And remember, there is no magic number. The recommended eight cups a day is not a one-size fits all. You’ll need more if you’re sweating through workouts; less if you eat a lot of water-rich fruits and vegetables.

1. Try comfort water
This is a great tactic for coffee and tea drinkers. While you’re waiting for the coffee to brew, nuke a glass of water (or herbal tea), squeeze in a bit of lemon and sip while you wait. Try another cup of warm water after you’ve had a mug or two of coffee. Hot water is also a great treat on a cold afternoon or evening. Invest in a new kind of herbal tea every time you grocery shop until you’ve found a couple that are just right.

2. Tag your water bottle
Splurge on the perfect reusable water bottle. Whether it's your favorite color or a unique design, the more you bond with your bottle, the less likely you'll be to lose it. Slap an inspirational sticker or image onto it, or even write on it with a permanent marker. Now you're ready to drink from it throughout the day—don't forget to refill it as soon as it's empty.

3. Sip up
Gulping all that water can seem daunting. So get a package of straws to slowly sip it instead. You can even pick up a water bottle with built-in straw.

4. Become a connoisseur
Think of water drinking like wine tasting. Taste the various brands and types of bottled waters available (sparkling, spring, mineral, vitamin-enhanced, reverse osmosis, filtered, fruit-flavored, etc). Be sure to read the labels as some "waters" have significantly added calories. Many bottles of water contain two to three cups of water.
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  • I love cold, fresh water. Not from my tap though. I have the filter that runs through my fridge. Best investment ever. Even my dogs get the filtered stuff. Our regular water smells like a swimming pool.
    I drink lots of water every day. I usually have trouble remembering to log it. - 4/12/2016 3:07:16 PM
    I really love the idea about tagging your water bottle, because I have been trying to drink more water to be healthier. I especially love the part about putting an inspirational sticker on it and so maybe I can find a good quote about empowerment and healthy living to put on there. I really think that doing that will encourage me to drink more water, but do you think that there is a specific type of water bottle that I should be getting as well? http://www.hooten
    n-premium-water - 3/25/2016 10:41:53 AM
  • If anyone struggles with the taste of water, KEEP TRYING DIFFERENT BRANDS or have your water tested and get a good filter.

    - 3/23/2016 3:01:51 PM
  • I have always hated the water at my house, even using a water filter, but, my work has a water cooler and has spring water delivered every few weeks. It tastes better and that has helped change my thinking from "I hate water" to knowing I need certain types of water.

    I bought a clear thermos to work and find that seeing the water in it helps me remember to drink it. I fill it up one more time before going home and it does help to keep me away from higher calorie drinks.

    I kicked the soda habit and the high calorie iced coffee habit and it feels good. - 3/23/2016 2:17:53 PM
  • I'm not a big water drinker. I find it boring, so I have to spruce it up. I buy True Citrus (crystallized citrus) to add to my water. It comes in lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. They also make powder for drinks, but it does add a few calories. Lots of options with little to no calories. I'm a big lime fan, and I also found a watermelon lime zinger tea that is awesome. Having a bigger water bottle is daunting to me, and it never seems to empty! Eight glasses goes quicker for me if it's just eight ounces at a time. Having a bigger water bottle is daunting to me, and it never seems to empty! - 3/18/2016 11:32:08 PM
  • Thanks! Great way to get my 8 glasses of water in, you make it sound so much easier......Great ideas! - 3/18/2016 7:34:51 PM
  • Good to know herbal tea counts as water! I have been drinking more water than I thought I was. - 3/18/2016 6:47:32 PM
  • For a couple of years now, I've started to drink 2 cups of water right after I wake up. This is mainly because I realized my body is dehydrated (acknowledging the urine color as well) after 8-9 hours of sleep haha. Though I did start slow, I started with drinking one cup of water after getting up and by that time it was hard to stomach. Eventually I got use to it and started getting comfortable with drinking 2 cups of water. It makes me feel my system has been cleansed! - 3/18/2016 4:48:58 PM
  • A couple of corrections to this article: DON'T buy bottled water. It is the same water as you get from the tap in industrialized countries like the US, but for a 1 million % mark-up. There are multiple articles and documentaries about this if you'd like to learn. Additionally, the bottles are destroying our planet - do NOT buy disposal water bottles! And NEVER drink from water bottles you left for a long time in your car - the plastic is unstable and with the severe temp changes inside the car leaches into the water, causing CANCER.

    To save money and filter your water, buy a filter for your tap, or a filter pitcher like a Brita. If your water tastes unpleasant but is reasonably safe to drink, the filter should remove all flavor, and also many microscopic contaminants.

    Get a reusable BPA-free water bottle with a top that is EASY to clean - many of them are not, leaving bacteria in places you can't see - especially the types that have sipping spouts or straws. Just get used to bringing that with you everywhere. It's ok to leave an extra in your car if the car is not exposed to extreme heat or cold, at work, etc - just make sure to clean it out and refill it once every few days.

    If you don't like plain water, try a tablespoon full of 100% juice to add to a full reusable water bottle to flavor it any way that you like - the flavor often will make a huge difference in how much you can drink, how quickly. And it will be natural with no chemicals or dyes, and still have almost no calories. - 3/5/2016 5:53:04 PM
  • I love water and generally have my 64oz downed before lunch. Your bladder eventually adjusts to the extra intake as I rarely use the washroom more than 6x a day from the time I get up until I go to bed. Most days I drink upwards of 130oz by bedtime and I keep a 20oz glass on my night stand. This is one resolution I have no trouble with at all! - 3/4/2016 12:10:31 PM
  • Please please please don't use bottled water. It's terrible for the environment and costly. Besides that point, I use a water app on my phone called Plant Nanny. It tells you how much water to drink based on your weight and activity level and whenever you drink, you water your plant. It's sort of a game. (I cheated though and adjusted it to a level of water I can actually drink, so I'm getting about 78-84 ounces a day.) I used to HATE water. Now I just hate using the bathroom so much. :-) - 2/23/2016 9:32:38 AM
  • Make a decision - and stick to it. If you decide to stop drinking sodas and/or other sugary drinks and start drinking water, it will be a chore for the first couple months. However, after three months you will not miss the other drinks and will actually crave water. - 2/21/2016 2:48:47 PM
  • I am learning to like has to be really cold though. I have been buying bottled water. I would like to find a system that is really good. I am not really sure what that it is though - 2/7/2016 10:09:27 AM
  • I've been working hard to get 6-8 C Water daily. My lips are still chapped, which I've heard is a sign of dehydration. How can this be? - 1/30/2016 11:21:00 AM
  • I love to add a few frozen berries to my glass of water. - 1/7/2016 10:01:18 AM

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