How much water should a person drink daily? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends approximately 91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men, and this includes water from foods and beverages.
Getting your ounces in may seem daunting, but it’s easier than you might think.
Stay hydrated with these 8 tips:
1. Work That Watermelon
The first half of the word should give you a clue. This summer favorite is 90% water. Other fruits high in H2O include oranges, grapefruit and cantaloupe.
2. Satisfying Soup
Soup is a great option all year long, even in the summer. If you aren’t feeling like a hot bowl of chicken noodle, try gazpacho. The tomatoes and bell peppers are full of water.
3. Homemade Ice Pops
With only a few ingredients, you can create a cool, hydrating treat. Place your favorite fruit in popsicle molds, top with water and wait.
4. Chomp Celery
Water and fiber high-five in this nutritious stick. Plus, the chewing stimulates saliva flow, which helps wash away harmful teeth bacteria.
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5. Add An Alarm
Whether you’re at work or school all day, running around with the kiddos, or just living life, it can be hard to remember to drink your water everyday. Try setting a “water alarm” every few hours to help you remember to take a sip.
6. Fruity Flavor
Infuse your water with fresh fruit to make it more interesting and naturally sweet. Adding citrus, like lemons or oranges, will also boost your vitamin C.
7. Make It Sparkle
Carbonated water has become hugely popular, and for good reason. Break up your water routine with a flavored sparkling water (make sure it doesn’t have any sugar or sodium). Use a straw to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape.
8. Keep It Close
Drinking more water starts with making it easy and accessible. Keep a bottle with you in your car, at your desk and at any other personal hotspots.
Getting an adequate amount of water throughout the day is important for many of your body functions, your mood, and your smile. Water washes away cavity-causing bacteria, plaque, and food particles while helping keep your mouth moist and bad breath at bay. And nearly all tap water contains fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay.
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