When planning a healthy diet, it’s easy to overlook water intake. Since 50 to 70% of the human body is made of water, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough. If you don’t want to count cups of water to make sure you’re getting the 8 to 10 cups of water a day that you need, you can check out your urine instead. It should be mostly clear (except for when you just get up in the morning) and have little to no odor. If drinking a couple of quarts of water each day is difficult, you can try these tricks to increase your intake:
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables to improve your water intake as well as your nutrition.
- Add fresh lemon juice to your water to flavor it.
- Drink part of your nutrition. As long as you watch your sugar and calorie intake, it’s ok to consume fruit and vegetable juices.
- Find some flavored waters that you enjoy.
- If you must have a sugary drink, don’t drink it. Instead, use it to make flavored ice cubes. This will get you the taste you love, and make drinking water more enjoyable.