I was compensated by Puritan’s Pride for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.
A couple of months ago I announced my participation in the Puritan’s Pride One Small Change Challenge. While there are many areas of my life that can use some improvement, I decided to make drinking more water my first step towards better health. Having been hooked on diet soda for many years, I was a little unsure of the best way to make this change. Luckily, I have found some simple tricks over the last couple of months.
Simple Ways to Increase Your Water Intake
1. Before reaching for your morning start the day with a glass of water. This has probably been the simplest change for me to make. Until I started properly hydrating myself in the morning, I didn’t realize just how thirsty I am when I wake up. This also happened to be the best time to take my vitamins. Without this early morning routine, I skipped taking vitamins on many days.
2. Keep fresh citrus on hand to naturally flavor your water. I tend to get bored of drinking plain water all the time, so a slice of orange or squeeze of lemon juice easily transforms a glass of water into a real treat.
3. Make water accessible. I made the small investment and picked up a filtration pitcher. This ensures that I always have purified water on hand, and no excuses
4. Have plenty of bottled water on hand for on the go. Having a bottle of water in the car or my tote bag means that I am not going to visit the drive through for a soda or over-priced coffee, when I am out running errands.
5. Drink water before, during, and after meals. This has been one of my best new habits. Not only am I getting enough water, but I am eating less and have better digestion.
6. Eat water enriched foods. Every little bit counts, so eating water enriched foods like tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, and lettuce makes a difference.
Drinking enough water has helped me in multiple ways. It’s been a catalyst for other healthy habits like taking my vitamins in the morning. My skin is better hydrated and looks better. My overall diet has improved some, as my overall sense of well being.
Making #OneSmallChange is easy. Which small change will you pledge to make?
Here are a few suggestions:
Quitting smoking can add an average of a decade of life expectancy.
Adding 20 minutes of walking to your daily routine lowers the risk of high blood pressure by 7.2%, high cholesterol by 7% and diabetes by 12.3%, over 6 years.
Drinking 2 cups of water 30 minutes before each meal can lead to a 44% greater rate of weight loss over a 12-week period.
Snacking on fruits or vegetables twice a day can lead to a 10% weight loss over 6 months.
People eating at least 2 cups of fruit a day are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night can decrease the risk of weight gain due to sleep loss by 15%.
Meditation and deep breathing exercises for 15 minutes a day for 3 months can decrease Cortisol, the hormone associated with physical & mental stress.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puritan’s Pride. The opinions and text are all mine.