Water is life. It's essential to your body functioning on every level, from lubricating joints to transferring oxygen to cells. In fact, the brain is 73% water, lungs about 83%, skin 64%, and muscles & kidneys 79%.
It goes without saying that if you're not properly hydrated, you're not feeling your best, but on average, Americans drink only four glasses of water a day (half the recommended amount). Not hydrating enough during the day can affect your workout, your weight and even your ability to think.
Don't worry, we've got some surefire ways to hydrate (and stay that way) that are more interesting than plain old H20.
1. Eat Up – A lot of foods, especially fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers, cantaloupe, and pineapple have tons of water in them. And watermelon tops them all—it's 90% water!
2. Use Bright Straws – Sometimes all you need is something pretty that catches your attention, like these adorable striped straws. Each time your eyes fall on it, you'll be reminded to take a sip.
3. Infuse Your Drink – A flavorful way to drink water is to add in fruits and spices. These infused detox water recipes are some of the most popular on Pinterest.
4. Have a Popsicle – Your childhood favorite is another great way to up your hydration level. Go for a low sugar option, like these 3 Ingredient Coconut Chocolate Pops
5. Souped Up – Soup, especially a classic broth, has just the right amount of sodium to help you retain the water in it.
6. Have a Smoothie – Smoothies naturally have water-heavy fruits in them, plus you'll reap the benefits of added nutrients & fiber.
7. Add Chia Seeds – Chia seeds help you stay hydrated. Each seed has the ability absorb 12x its weight in water. Try putting them in your morning oatmeal or yogurt.
8. Get Your Java On – Coffee may be a light diuretic but it actually contributes to hydration. The net effect of drinking 8 ounces of joe is 4 ounces of hydration.
9. Sip Before You Snack – Not only does drinking a glass of water before you eat ensure you're getting enough H20 on the reg, it also helps tame cravings that could be attributed to your body crossing thirst and hunger signals.