Maybe water isn’t your favorite thing. It can seem plain and less than exciting. But, it has a lot of health benefits you shouldn’t be ignoring. If you’re feeling sluggish or cranky, it could actually be dehydration speaking. So, why aren’t you drinking your water and giving your body what it needs? Could it be one of these reasons?
1. You don’t feel thirsty. By the time you do feel thirsty, your body may already be feeling the signs of dehydration. It’s a good idea to stay hydrated so you don’t end up feeling thirsty. Also, sometimes when you feel hungry, your body is actually thirsty.
2. It’s so boring. You can easily add flavor to your water to give it some extra excitement. Add some mint, cucumbers, berries, pineapple, or citrus slices. If you don’t have time to grab some slices every time, then add these things to your ice cube tray, a quick and easy way to amp up your water.
3. It makes me take too many bathroom breaks. If your body isn’t used to be hydrated, when you first start trying to amp up your hydration, you may notice an increase in urine output. This is normal. After a few days your body should adjust, as your bladder strengthens and your body gets used to the water input. However, if you’re concerned that a health issue is causing this, consult your doctor. Also, keep in mind that too much water can cause excess output as well.
4. It’s too hard to remember. If you’re used to grabbing a soda or other sugary drink instead, it can be difficult to remember to drink your water, especially when you don’t feel thirsty. However, there are things you can do to make it more memorable. Set yourself a reminder for certain times of the day and/or post reminder notes. After time it will become a habit, and then you won’t need the reminders anymore.
5. Drinking water makes me feel sick. Sometimes if you drink water too fast, you’re already pretty full, or the temperature isn’t right, it may cause a nauseous feeling. Take your time, don’t chug it down, and make sure the temperature is pleasing for you (and your system).