A Simple Water-Drinking Plan That Helps You Hydrate Without Even Trying

We all know we should drink more water. But it’s easier said than done. After all, there are so many other delicious beverages out there calling out to us. Unfortunately, on top of being loaded with sugar and sweeteners, many of these drinks aren’t actually quite dehydrating. And being dehydrated is a terrible feeling—headaches, sluggishness. No thanks.

That’s why we’ve put together an easy plan to help you easily incorporate more water into your daily routine. Read on for our tips for adding more water to your day.

First Thing in the Morning

As soon as you wake up, have a glass of water. It will kick-start your digestive system and will help your body flush out toxins from the night before. If you’re trying to lose weight, it may even make you feel fuller and prevent you from overeating at breakfast time.

Add Flavor

We’ll be the first to say it: plain water can be a little boring. Nobody wants to eat flavorless food or drink flavorless drinks all day. Flavored water makes hydrating more enjoyable and feels like less of a chore. Stock up on fruit-infused hint® water in delicious flavors like pineapple, peach, watermelon, cherry, and more!

Replace One Cocktail With Water

The fluids in alcoholic drinks don’t compensate for their dehydrating effect, so if you have several of these per day, chances are you may be dehydrated. Replacing just one cocktail or glass of wine with a glass of water will not only eliminate one of these dehydrating beverages from your diet, it’ll add a hydrating one to it as well.

Keep a Pitcher Nearby

Keeping a pitcher or case of water within reach will serve as a constant reminder to drink more water, making it that much easier to do so. Keep one by your bedside along with a glass so you can have a glass of water before bed or as soon as you wake up. Do the same at work—keep a bottle or pitcher of water near your computer and you’ll have no excuse.

Drink a Glass Before and After Each Meal

Make a practice of drinking a glass of water before each meal. This is easy to do when you go out to eat, as the water always comes before the drinks and food. And when you’re done with your meal, down a glass as you clean up the dishes or wait for the check to arrive.

And Each Time You Leave Your Desk

When we’re at work it can be so easy to just power through each task. Sometimes we even forget to eat lunch! But there is nothing worse than being dehydrated at work. It makes us feel sluggish, we get headaches—it’s a bummer. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re drinking enough water at work. An easy way to do so is to drink a glass of water every time you get up from your desk. If you get up once every hour or so you’ll easily drink at least five or six glasses of water per day.

Drink One Glass of Water for Each Cocktail

Even for us here at Hint, it can be hard to remember to drink water when we’re out enjoying a few cocktails. We’ll get home hours after happy hour ended and find ourselves dying of thirst and wondering how it happened. The best way to combat this forgetfulness is to just get in the habit of drinking one glass of water for each cocktail you throw back. Try it. You’ll be surprised how refreshed you feel when you get home.

Set a Reminder

Developing new habits is harder than it should be, but that’s just the reality. So help yourself along by setting reminders to drink water at regular intervals.

What are your tips for easily staying hydrated?