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5 Easy Ways to Increase Water Intake


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 78-percent of American adults drink less than the recommended 8-cups or 2-liters of water per day. In fact, 43-percent drink less than just half that amount. While the actual amount of water a person needs varies according to several factors—size, activity level, environment, etc.—the general consensus is that the average person should consume about 2-liters of fluid each day.

All fluids, even alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, count toward the 2-liter goal, but most health professionals agree that water is best. It’s sugar and calorie free, and it’s the most hydrating option (caffeinated and alcoholic beverages act as diuretics, potentially leaving you more dehydrated). Here are some tips to help boost your daily water intake…

 

1. Keep a Bottle in Front of You

North Americans are lucky enough to have drinkable tap water, but sometimes, even this is isn’t convenient enough. Carry a reusable water bottle to more easily take advantage of sinks and water fountains. They’re available in a wide array of materials and designs, so you’re sure to find one that suits your style. Alternatively, keep several bottles of water in convenient locations—desk, car, purse or knapsack, etc.

Look for a water bottle that has volume markings so you can accurately track water intake. Or, personalize your bottle with time goals—marks that indicate where the water level should be at a certain time of day. This will help you visualize your goal and track your process.

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