Daily Water Intake

How do I make sure I drink enough water every day?

We are constantly bombarded with stories about drinking water, how much water to drink, when to drink it, etc…and it can get a little daunting! I aim for 6-8 cups a day, but I don’t beat myself up if I come up short once in awhile.

My first tip is to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. When you are sleeping, your body loses water and dries up similar to a raisin. As a result, hydration is the best thing you can do when you decide to wake up and start the day. I keep a glass beside my sink, so I can drink my water as I get ready in the morning. Usually I aim for 2 glasses so I can get a head start.

Benefit: Drinking water prior to applying your makeup, moisturizing, etc will not only soften your skin and enhance your complexion, but it will make your makeup application last longer!

Early morning total: 1-2 cups

My second tip is to keep a water bottle on my office desk at all times. The prettier it is, the more you want to use it. I fill my water bottle before I check my emails, plan my day out, or take any further action. That way it is there staring me in the face, primed for a sip every few minutes.

I slowly drink my water, with a goal of finishing the bottle before lunch time. My water bottle fits about 1.5-2 cups, so by noon I should already be at 3-4 cups of water.

Lunch time total: 3-4 cups

After lunch, I do the same thing – with a goal of finishing my water before I leave for the day. This is pretty easy, and I usually find myself re-filling it around 3 or 4pm.

Dinner time total: 5-6 cups

By dinner, I am usually feeling quite self-accomplished, happy I have reached my minimum goal. After that, anything I drink is an added bonus! It is pretty easy to reach 8 cups before bedtime if you have a glass or two during or after dinner.

Total: 8 cups

Once you start regularly reaching your water count, you will find your body will start to tell you when it’s thirsty and drinking water will become a natural occurrence!

Something to consider: a nutritionist once told me that for every cup of coffee, you need to drink an additional 2 cups of water; and, for every cup of caffeinated tea, you need to drink 1 additional cup of water. Even if you don’t follow this rule, it is a great way to monitor your caffeine intake!