I receive daily emails from Chad Tacket who has a BS degree in exercise science & nutrition from Oregon State University (1994) and is certified as a Personal Trainer & Weight Management Specialist by the American Council on Exercise (ACE)  My emails relate to important health and fitness information.  Here is one of Chad's emails I received today. We should all be interested in our own health and I find the information Chad gives is useful and practical. Hydration is of the utmost importance and is critical for good health in general so here are 10 easy ways to drink more water every day.

    10 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

    1. Add flavor to your pitcher.

    Chugging several glasses of water a day can seem like torture when every cup is tasteless. Add a bit of excitement by dunking fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), and herbs (basil, mint, lavender) to your carafe. 


    2. Drink a glass after every bathroom break. 

    Start a habit by linking water with some of your most common daily activities. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water after leaving the restroom. Every time you pass the water cooler, fill up a cup.


    3. Sip before every meal. 

    When the waiter comes around and asks for drink orders, always request water. Drinking a full cup before each meal can curb calorie intake because it causes you to feel full. 


    4. Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice.

    If drinking juice, lemonade, or iced tea is a daily habit, water down your sips with H20 and a healthy helping of ice (aim for a one-to-one ratio). You’ll still get the sweetness you’re craving with a healthy dose of the water your body needs.


    5. Keep a gallon jug nearby.

    It’s easy to remember to fill up on water when the source is nearby. Keep a gallon jug or large carafe at your desk, by the bed at home, and on the kitchen counter as a constant reminder to drink up.


    6. Invest in a filter.

    Filtered water can taste better than the liquid coming out of the tap or water fountain, as well as remove harmful chemicals and toxins. 


    7. Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda.

    Pouring this bubbly, zero-calorie drink is just as good for your body as drinking water—except it's got more pizzazz. Add a squeeze of lime juice, and it’s basically like drinking a fancy cocktail (without the alcohol). You can also make your own sparkling water at home with a Sodastream (you can purchase on Amazon).


    8. Eat water-rich foods.

    One sneaky way to increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis: eat your H2O. Addfruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water). The FITera community site is loaded with healthy recipes that are high in water.


    9. Stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol.

    You’ve probably heard the drinking rule: for every cocktail turn up one glass of water. This is a great strategy to avoid a hangover the next day, but you can also use it to make sure you get plenty of H2O in your system to balance out sugar-packed mixers and syrups.


    10. Use a marked water bottle.

    A bottle that’s marked with ounces or even hours can help you reach your personal water goal each day. Plus, you’ll know exactly how many times you need to refill! Put three rubber bands around your wrist in the morning; each time you drink a full water bottle, remove one from your wrist and place around the bottle… until all three are around the water bottle.


    Enjoy and stay hydrated!