drink more water

It’s no secret that water is essential for life. Adequate hydration helps energy levels, brain function, physical performance, kidney function, digestive efficiency, and more. All of these magnificent benefits should be enough to compel you to drink more water— however, that’s often easier said than done.

Ways To Drink More Water

Not only is hydration key to staying healthy, but dehydration can worsen certain urologic conditions. Staying hydrated can benefit your urologic health, while dehydration can take its toll on various urologic conditions. At Alliance Urology, we know how important it is to get adequate water intake— that’s why we have compiled a list of eight ways to drink more water.

1. Buy A Reusable Water Bottle

One of the best ways to drink more water throughout the day is to be sure you have easy access to drinking water. To do so, buy a reusable water bottle you can take with you wherever you go. Some popular brands include Stanley Cups, Hydro Flask, Nalgene, and Yeti.

2. Set A Daily Goal

If you struggle with getting the recommended intake of water per day, it may be beneficial to set a goal for yourself. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women. If you are struggling to reach this goal, try setting reminders on your phone or downloading a water intake reminder app.

3. Drink A Glass Of Water First Thing In The Morning

One of the best ways to kickstart your day is to drink more water first thing in the morning. Not only will this get you off on the right foot for the day, but the benefits of drinking water upon first waking up are impressive. Some benefits include an increase in energy levels, boosting metabolism, a clearer complexion, and helping to ease aches and pains.

4. Limit Your Intake Of Juice, Soda, And Coffee

Of course, juice, soda, and coffee are yummy, but an increased intake of these liquids can quench your thirst, leading you not to feel the need to drink water. Additionally, beverages like coffee may actually have adverse effects on your body and actually increase your likelihood of becoming dehydrated. 

5. Add Flavor To Your Water

If you limit your intake of liquids other than water but miss flavor, there are many products that will flavor your water enough to pique your interest. Some water flavorings even offer additional benefits such as electrolytes or collagen. Another option to drink more water is to try tea. Tea not only hydrates you but can even fight off inflammation and boost your immune system. The best part? There are hundreds of different types and flavors of tea to choose from, all boasting their own benefits.

6. Eat Your Water

Although your body requires more water than you get through eating food, some foods do have a high water content that can help you reach 20% of your recommended intake. Below you can find an overview of the top 7 water-rich foods:

  • Cucumber, 96% water
  • Tomatoes, 95% water
  • Spinach, 93% water
  • Broccoli, 90% water
  • Brussels sprouts, 88% water
  • Oranges, 86% water
  • Apples, 85% water

Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining proper function for various systems within the body, including the genitourinary system. Because of this, it is essential to drink more water. If you are experiencing any urologic problems or have any questions about urologic conditions, schedule an appointment with one of our providers. Our team has years of experience treating issues relating to the urinary tract, male infertility, pelvic floor dysfunction, and more. You can call Alliance Urology Specialists in Greensboro at (336) 274-1114.