How to Drink More Water

Sunday, August 16, 2015

I received a free sample complimentary of Aardvark straws through Adproval. All content and opinions are my own.

I've thought it over for a long time, and I honestly believe that if you were only going to make one healthy change to your lifestyle, it should be drinking enough water. Being properly hydrated is vital for your metabolism, brain function, joint health and so much more. It doesn't matter how often you eat salmon or do yoga, if you're not drinking enough water, you're still not going to perform at your best. The other thing I love about this health tip is that it can be so easy if you know the right tricks.

Jazz it up.

Okay, let's face it: while the taste of water isn't going to stop you from drinking it, it can be pretty boring. One of the easiest ways to get your eight cups a day is to make drinking water more enjoyable by flavoring it. I would recommend shying away from artificial flavor packets and instead opting for fruit or fruit juice. I love using lemons, limes and berries in my Blogilates detox water bottle (have you seen the newer ones with the timer on the back? Genius!) to make a refreshing beverage I can drink without the day. Even if you're just using a cup, you can add a splash of fruit juice or coconut water to your water. (I'm always hearing loads about the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning...and it tastes better than just normal water!)

Keep track.

One of the hardest parts of drinking enough water is knowing how much water you've had throughout the day. I've seen tons of great ideas on Pinterest from using a timer to writing on your water bottle (the idea behind those newfangled Blogilates bottles but a lot cheaper.) There are also apps you can put on your phone that will help you keep track and give you notifications throughout the day.

Use a straw.

This last tip is my favorite and I've mentioned it before (and secretly I got the idea from Bobbi Brown's book .) There's just something about not having to unscrew the lid on your water bottle a million times or get lipstick all over your glass that makes drinking with a straw so appealing. While I'm at work or in class, I love using my Camelbak water bottle because the built-in straw makes it so much easier to drink water throughout the day. I've recently discovered a new favorite for drinking out of a cup at home: Aardvark straws.

When it comes to drinking water, it's really important to consider what you're drinking water out of. A lot of water bottles and straws have nasty chemicals like BPA, chlorine and more that will leak into your water and subsequently enter your body (gross.) Aardvark straws are 100% chlorine and chemical-free, which means the only thing you're drinking is water (they're also FDA-approved!) The Aardvark Eco-Flex straws (pictured here) are the only bendable paper straws available, meaning they're eco-friendly as well as versatile (they can decompose in less than two months, unlike the plastic straws you see littered across beaches.) Although they're made of paper, they contain 1/3 more material than other plastic straws, meaning they're sturdy and won't break down in your drink (I've had one sitting in a cup on the counter for days now and it's still going strong!) They also won't bleed ink into your water (even though they come in over 200 designs, including this uber cute pink chevron, as well as 32 NCAA logos and all 32 NFL logos.)

Aardvark straws are available on their website and through other retailers (including Amazon, just in case you didn't want to buy 10,000 of them at a time. ;D)

What's your favorite way to drink more water?

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