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12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day

Water Tactics that Make Every Day an 8-cup Success

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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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  • How can I join your Spark Team? - 8/25/2014 1:18:24 PM
  • I use the the "Water Your Body" app on my android phone both to remind me to drink water and log how much I drink. - 7/23/2014 3:30:10 PM
  • LAURAPEB
    Love that tea counts!! Fixing me a nice herbal right now! - 7/1/2014 8:27:07 PM
  • Be careful with the tip about leaving bottled water in your car. BPA is a real problem, and it leaches out of bottles when they get warm. So, if you leave them in the hot car, you might be getting a hefty dose of BPA. Check to see if the bottles you buy have BPA in them. - 7/1/2014 2:56:54 PM
  • I drink a lot of water myself. Everything from my own tap to sparkling water (which I love, not sure why all soda fountains do not have the soda water option). I only drink water, tea, coffee and the occasional beer so it's easy to get the water in. I don't like pop, it's way too sweet, so guess what I drink when out. - 7/1/2014 12:15:12 PM
  • I find that if I keep my water icy cold, I drink more of it. If my glass of water gets warm before I finish it, I add ice to it. I have a reusable water bottle with a wide mouth so I can put lots of ice in it. When I go out to run errands, I take a cooler bag and ice packs to keep my water bottle cold when I have to leave it in the parked car. - 7/1/2014 9:48:09 AM
  • I have no problems drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Usually, it's more like 16 glasses a day. That creates a whole new problem. I need to GO all the time! - 4/24/2014 11:11:08 AM
  • 00DMXX
    Its supposed to be a huge *NO-NO* to drink water that has been left in the car. When non-BPA free bottles get warm, they release carcinogens into the water. (Which is also why you should use microwave safe plastic there). Besides, buying more PET bottles, and plastic drinking straws, too, is terrible for the environment. Buy BPA free, reusable water bottles (with built in straws) to follow these great tips? YES! - 4/24/2014 4:40:37 AM
  • N1CHOLAS
    Very good article, with great tips. It's always amazing to me how neglected water is in peoples nutrition habits. Not only do most people not drink enough, but they drink caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda all day, and caffeine is a dietetic, dehydrating you even more. - 3/2/2014 5:49:42 PM
  • I cannot drink plain water - it's just too boring. Enter the liquid water enhancers that everyone is making now. I drink twice as much water if it's got a little flav a flav! - 2/12/2014 3:23:28 PM
  • CLKEATING23
    it seems so easy---but I always struggle to get enough water--and I always feel so much better when i do. best thing i've done is download the "watermind me" app. don't have to count ounces, no ads, it's free. i love it. it pings me like i have a text message---then i feel guilty if i don't have a glass. just like the tip about setting the reminders---only it does it for me. i love it. - 2/5/2014 2:40:23 AM
  • Great tips. I look forward to incorporating some of these suggestions. - 12/4/2013 4:26:08 AM
  • I freeze my large 32 ounce water bottle, bring it out in the morning to thaw - so I have ICE cold water. It really makes a difference. For dinner its some flavored water (lemon, orange, cherry.... ) but always very cold. I have a pitcher in the fridge for morning that I keep in the lower part to get real cold too. - 10/31/2013 10:59:13 PM
  • NATURELADY101
    Some of these ideas are keepers for sure...I do like that tea can count though an 8 ounce mug of tea is pretty big! :) - 10/31/2013 8:25:32 PM
  • LACYDT9...I so feel your pain! I can drink 8 oz of water and have to GO every 5 minutes for the next hour...literally! It's one of the things that has interfered with my getting enough water. Oddly enough, other drinks, like soda (diet or regular) don't do this to me. After about a month or so, if I keep up with my water drinking, I find I don't have to go so often any more...at least that's how it was when I first started this about a year ago! Maybe my body just needs to get used to it or something...Here'
    s hoping it works out for all of us with teeny-weeny bladders! ;) - 10/31/2013 11:45:35 AM

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