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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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5. Drink water and drive
Keep your water bottle next to you every time you hop into the car, or buy a package of bottled water to keep in the car. Whenever you're driving about, your water will be within easy reach from your car's cup holder. Think about other places you can stash some water bottles (under your desk, next to the couch, in your purse, and more).

6. Drink your vitamins
Create your own vitamin drink. Consider combining your water with your vitamin supplements, if you take any. There are several powdered vitamin supplements that are designed to be mixed with water. Some contain little to no calories too. If you prefer to take vitamins in tablet form, then promise yourself to drink at least one whole cup of water every time you take them.

7. Fill your dinner glass
Set a glass of water at each place setting at the dinner table just like restaurants do. Don't fret about drinking it all—just place it there. By sipping water between every few bites, you'll slow you down and enjoy your meal more, while also meeting your water needs.

8. Filter out
Sometimes tap water just isn't very good. If your well or city water leaves a bad taste in your mouth, change it. Get a faucet or pitcher filter to keep out the bad and leave in the good.

9. Pace yourself
Holding (and drinking from) a cup of water will help you pace yourself at social events, parties and dinners that offer tempting food and drink. Try drinking a cup of water between bites of the calorie abomination you're faced with. It is hard to eat an entire piece of cake if you have to drink a glass of water between every single bite! To keep the wine, beer, or liquor from ruining your calorie count, drink a cup of water for every glass of alcohol you consume. (I’m a wine drinker, so I fill up my wine glass with water every time I empty it of wine.) Not only does this help to limit your consumption, but it helps counteract alcohol’s dehydrating effects. And when you have a glass in hand—no matter what's in it—you won't be bombarded with more drink offers in the meantime.

10. Find watering holes
When out and about, make it a point to stop by drinking fountains, drink your water when out to lunch while reading the menu, and by all means if someone offers you a cup of herbal tea, say yes.
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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