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Experts Corner

Nutrition

Drinking More Water
By Mediconsult's Nutrition Services

Q. How can I drink more water?

A. How To Drink More Water:

  • Get into the habit of drinking more water, in addition to your usual beverages. Drink a glass when you wake up, one at each meal, and one before bedtime. Don't drink too much too close to bed because you may need to use the bathroom while you're asleep.

  • If you are at home during the day, fill a container each morning with your water for the day. Use it to drink, make juice or decaffeinated tea. When your container is empty, you have met your goal for the day.

  • Become aware of how much fluid your glasses, water bottle or mugs hold. Use larger sizes, such as 10 or 12 ounce glasses, so you can drink more at each sitting.

  • If you work at a desk, keep a water pitcher or gallon jug nearby. Drink often! Or get up frequently to fill your glass from the water cooler down the hall. It will give you a chance to stretch your legs and keep you hydrated, too.

  • While at work, drink one glass of water every hour on the hour. When the work day is done, your water quota is met.

  • Some people have luck by keeping single serving-sized bottled water in their desk or car. Drink two full glasses at each meal, one before and one after.

  • When dining out, down a glass of water before you leave for the restaurant. Ask the waitstaff for water all around if the restaurant doesn't routinely serve water to its guests.

  • Down a glass of water when you have a junk food craving. You'll feel full quickly, avoid empty calories and buy time until the immediate craving passes. Then decide if you need a healthy bit of food.

  • Carry a small, refillable water bottle with you and drink during downtime: in the car, on the commuter train, or waiting in line.

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