Water flushes your system, and regulates a healthy digestive tract. It also promotes heart health and a strong circulatory system.

I’m sure you’ve heard numerous times your body is roughly 60% water, and your body uses some of its water supply each day.

That water has to be replaced.

The problem is, you probably aren’t drinking enough. The average adult needs to drink at least 1 gallon of water each and every day for optimal health.

Not having enough water can cause you to become dehydrated! When you’re dehydrated you can experience dry mouth, low blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, dry skin, and fatigue.

One way to tell if you’re dehydrated is by taking a look at the color of your urine. A light-to-medium yellow (or clear) is what you want to aim for. If that yellow is more of an amber, it usually means you’re not getting enough water in your body.

So, here’s the question I’m often asked…

How much water do you want to drink?

Women should drink about 9 cups of fluids a day. If you’re not drinking any water, not enough water, or want to drink more water practice the following 5 tricks to help you drink more water on a daily basis, and your body will thank you.

Make a goal and stick to it

Human beings are great goal setters and achievers. If you just think about drinking more water in the back of your mind, you may be successful, or you may not.

However, if you write down a specific goal for daily water consumption you program the habit-forming part of your brain to increase your water intake.

Plan for it

Keep bottles of fresh water on hand at all times. Store some in your refrigerator for a cool and refreshing zero calorie treat that also helps fight hunger pains. Keep bottled water at your job, in your vehicle, at home and in your backpack when you are on the go.

The more water available, the more likely you are to drink this healthy beverage rather than an unhealthy, sugar-filled and processed alternative.

Invest in a really nice water bottle

Don’t just head to your local $1 store for this purchase.

Find a good-looking, functional, BPA-free water bottle you really like. If you are proud to display your new healthy habit, you are much more likely to stick to it.

Use Your Phone for Reminders

It really like seems there’s an app for just about anything these days. This includes apps like Daily Water, iDrated, Waterlogged and Eight Glasses a Day. They make it easy to track your water consumption on a daily basis, and range from free to just $.99 per download.

Add A Healthy Natural Flavor

You don’t drink water because it doesn’t really have a taste. Why not add some blueberries, cucumbers, strawberries, limes or orange slices into your water? When you are done drinking, you can enjoy a healthy fruit or vegetable snack. You can also add your favorite herbs for a wonderful aroma while you hydrate yourself naturally.

Related: Supercharged Infused Waters

Water is the best thing you can put in your body, yet so many ignore it throughout the day. I hope you found these 5 tips helpful and will use one, some or all of them to develop a healthy habit of drinking more water every day.

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