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Have you had enough water to drink lately? I think we all know at this point that drinking water is extremely helpful for us whether we are looking to lose weight, build muscle, or just function normally as humans living our day-to-day lives. It can be easy to dehydrate yourself and not even realize it. Everyone's needs are different, but I aim for a gallon of water per day since I'm super active and live in Florida (where it is just varying forms of summer rather than actual seasons). Here's how I manage to get more of my water down without getting bored.
Add fun flavorings
Adding a flavoring to your water that doesn’t have any sugar can be a great way to mix things up. This is also super great if you like juices or soda but are looking to cut those out, too, so you can reduce your sugar intake.
Some of my favorite flavorings include
Yes, coffee and tea count!
I know what you’re thinking: ‘Jess, coffee and tea can have caffeine in it which dehydrates you because they just make you pee a lot.’ Not so fast! Unless you’re drinking coffee by the literal gallon (we’ve all had those days, no judgement), there’s not really enough caffeine in your coffee to dehydrate you.
PubMed Central did some studies and they showed for a significant diuretic effect, you’d need to have 5 or more cups of coffee per day. So, yes, you can track your coffee and tea for this!
Just don’t include any creamer you might add. I personally don’t like to include any coffee sweetened with sugar (which I don’t drink anyways, but everyone’s different) since I think including sugary drinks can be a slippery slope if you’re working on improving your health.
If you are looking to reduce your sugar intake in your coffee, try a flavored coffee! I love the ones from Coffee Over Cardio - Basic AF is my go-to PSL when fall rolls around, and I also really love Saturdaze since it has a light chocolate donut flavoring to it. They have a bunch of really fun seasonal flavors that roll around, so it's worth keeping an eye out when you start to run low and you want something different or fun!
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Use a straw
Using a straw can help you drink your water faster, so if you struggle to drink a lot, then this can be a great way to sneak more in quicker. However, if you’re like me and you hate paper straws but want to help out the environment, I recommend investing in some stainless steel ones.
I use the ones that came with my Healthy Human stainless steel steins. They even have a silicone tip on one end so if you have sensitive teeth, it won’t bother you. You can get a discount with the code JessicaS15.
Get a water bottle that sparks joy
Jessica is a huge Disney and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.