I drink a gallon of water a day — here are my tips for staying well hydrated

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It is recommended that you drink eight cups of water a day.
You can download apps to keep you on track.
Carrying a water bottle around will ensure that you always have water.

The advice for how much water you should be drinking a day varies depending on who you ask. Experts told Business Insider you should just drink when you’re thirsty, others swear by at least eight cups of water a day, and others have other complex ways of figuring out the recommended dose.

No matter your metric, many of us aren’t getting enough water, period.

However, getting more water doesn’t have to be a chore — in fact, with a few minor changes to your daily return, you might be surprised at just how easy it is to not only get those 64 ounces but even double that. Here are my tips for upping your H2O intake.

Drink 16 ounces of water just after waking up

This might seem extreme but trust me on this one. When you wake up in the morning, you’re probably slightly dehydrated and feeling a bit sluggish. Drinking two cups of water gets your body going, can make you feel more awake, and can also help decrease appetite.

Even better, drinking two cups of water in the morning gets you a good head start on your hydration goals — you’re already a quarter of the way through your suggested eight cups a day before you even get started. This is a tactic that I totally swear by.

Have a glass of water before eating a meal

As mentioned before, drinking water can help decrease appetite. If you’re not trying to lose weight, you may think this doesn’t matter for you, but we’ve all been guilty of overeating simply because food is there and we can, resulting in a stomachache.

I’ve found that having a glass of water before I sit down for a meal helps me avoid this. I’m able to sense when I feel full more easily and I don’t over-eat nearly as much. Given that your body can misinterpret thirst as hunger, this is a good rule to follow.

Invest in a reusable bottle to keep in your bag while out and about

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or ultra expensive, but grabbing a reusable bottle to keep with you when you’re headed out to the gym, work, or even …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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