Odds are you probably need to drink more water. Over 60% of you body is water and your brain is over 70%. That meme about how humans are just cucumbers with anxiety? Yeah, that’s pretty accurate!
Needless to say, you have drink water to keep your body and your brain functioning at their best. It is incredible how water can benefit so many aspects of our mind and body.
Want glowing skin without using a moisturizer? Drink water. Want good digestion? Drink water. Want to lose weight? Drink water. Want to regulate your mood better? Drink water.
So how much water should you drink?
Surprisingly, there isn’t one accepted answer. Many are conflicted between the old-school 64 ounces a day, all the way up to half your body weight in ounces.
So I have defaulted to the easy gallon or 128 ounces. I try to get there every day, and succeed most days.
1. Use only one cup for water.
I have been doing this for several years and it is the single best tip I can give you to start drinking more water. In fact, this will even get your family members (and spouses) to start drinking more water. Trust me! It’s magic!
2. Use a cup with a straw or open mouth.
I really prefer to use a cup with a straw. You are definitely able to drink more water, faster. My go-to lately has been the 20 ounce Starbucks reusable cup (pictured above).
Cups with wide mouth openings are also very helpful if you’re trying to drink more water. I really like the new cold foam lids at Starbucks, they’re like an adult sippy cup! You can get them on any cold beverage if you ask.
3. Use progressive ounce goals.
I try to finish my night with a cup of tea to round out the gallon! Some days it’s more challenging than others. And I definitely had to start small and work my way up.
So if you’re just starting, shoot for 8 ounces by the time you get to work, 8 ounces by the time you eat lunch, etc. Don’t be afraid to start small and work your way up, there’s no rush!