7 Easy Ways to Drink Water More Often

If you find it boring to drink water, you can add flavor to it with fruit chunks or aromatic herbs, and make drinking it more enjoyable. You can replace it little by little with plain water. 
7 Easy Ways to Drink Water More Often
Eliana Delgado Villanueva

Reviewed and approved by the nutritionist Eliana Delgado Villanueva.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

How many times have you vowed to drink water more often during the day, only to fail to keep your promise? This simple habit is one of the best remedies for many health problems, and it also prevents many diseases.

Although there is no consensus on whether the 8 glasses of water a day are indispensable in all cases, all specialists agree that you should drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. The amount as such varies from person to person (depending on gender, age, lifestyle, state of health, etc.).

Discover in this article 7 simple tips to drink more water every day without effort.

Drink more water to improve your health… and beauty!

If you are determined to drink more water, you should know that this habit will affect your health in a very positive way:

  • Improves kidney function
  • Alleviates pain and inflammation, especially in the knees and neck.
  • Gives hair a healthier look
  • It promotes the proper functioning of all organs and body systems, including the skin.
  • Fights constipation
  • Reduces fluid retention and swelling

Here are some tips on how to drink more water every day.

1. Bring a water bottle wherever you go

A woman filling up a water bottle.

Our first word of advice to help you remember to drink water is to bring a water bottle wherever you go. It should hold at least one liter, and you should fill it twice per day.

This bottle should go wherever you go, so that you can drink it easily and continually, without wasting time.

Join the trend of those who already go all day with their water bottle! And remember, if it’s made of stainless steel or glass, it’s better for the environment.

2. Lemon and ice

If it’s tough for you to drink water because you are used to drinking beverages like juice, coffee, and soda, you should go through a kind of “detox” process, and acclimate your body to drinking water. 

A good way to jump start this change is to drink water with lemon and ice. You can even add a few drops of stevia to sweeten it, without adding any calories. Little by little, you can add more water to your lemonade.

3. Give your water some flavor

Another option to make drinking water more appetizing is to flavor it. To do this, put fruit, flowers, or aromatic plants in the water for a couple of hours before drinking it. Not only will the water look colorful and more appetizing, but you’ll get a drink with a fabulous flavor that will encourage you to drink it more often.

4. Set alarms or reminders

If you still have trouble drinking water after implementing the tips above, and you remember to drink it at the end of the day when there isn’t any time left to drink what you should, try this practical solution: set alarms or reminders. These will help you take a few sips every few minutes, instead of drinking large quantities at once.

Place a note on your work desk, on the fridge, or in your bedroom, or set an alarm on your cell phone. This will help you get into the habit of drinking water as part of your daily routine. After you’ve used the alarms for a while, soon you won’t need them anymore.

5. Get plenty of exercise

One way to drink more water is to help your body produce more sweat, which will make you thirsty. The best way to accomplish this is through strenuous exercise three or four times per week.

Exercising just once will very likely help you increase your water intake by half a liter or one whole liter without any effort, since your body will ask for it.

6. Drink water when you wake up in the morning

The most important time to drink water is when we wake up. When we’ve just woken up and haven’t yet eaten or even drank the first coffee, we need to rehydrate, as we have spent several hours (sleeping) without providing water to the body.

  • Drink a glass first thing in the morning. You do not need to do it in one gulp, you can do it in sips, calmly. The important thing is that you finish drinking it before starting breakfast or drinking your first coffee.
  • You can drink the rest of the water you need throughout the morning and afternoon.
  • Avoid drinking too much water two or three hours before bedtime so that you don’t have to get up to urinate many times during the night.

7. Drink a glass of water before or after eating

A woman drinking a glass of water.

Did you know that we often eat even when we are not hungry, because we confuse the feeling of hunger with thirst? Try the following experiment: When you are hungry between meals, drink a generous amount of water and wait a few minutes. By doing this, you’ll not only end up drinking more water, but you’ll also help control your weight by avoiding compulsive snacking.

Drinking water half an hour before a meal can also help you eat less.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.