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8 Ways to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

August 11, 2015
Water is essential. It comprises 60% of our bodies.  Every body system depends on it—even our smiles. It promotes a moist environment for our mouth and throat, flushes away toxins and helps us feel (and look) our best. Water is important for teeth, too. It washes away food debris and cavity causing acids and helps keep our breath fresh. As important as it is, our bodies constantly eliminate water,  making water consumption extremely important. The amount of water you need depends on factors like your age, activity level and location. However, the “drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day,” rule is a good baseline. It may seem like a lot, but it’s easier to drink 8 glasses than you think. Take a look: You can hydrate with some of your favorite foods:

1. Celery

Water and fiber high-five in this nutritious stick. Plus, the chewing stimulates saliva flow, which helps wash away harmful teeth bacteria.

2. Watermelon

The first half of the word should give you a clue. This seed-filled summer favorite contains 90% water.

3. Soup

You may not think of summer as soup weather, but your thirst disagrees. Make sure to look for a low-sodium version, as high salt levels can leave you dehydrated.

4. Ice Pops

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These eye-pleasing pops are made mostly of ice. They provide extra H2O and easily increase your daily fruit count.

Not in the mood for a snack? Try these tips:

5. Set an alarm.

There are plenty of apps designed to keep you hydrated. If you want to keep it simple, set a “water alarm” for every few hours.

6. Add a flavor.

A fruit infuser water bottle is an inexpensive way to add natural sweetness. If you’re not into fruit, try a sugar-free flavor powder.

7. Make it sparkle!

Add bubbles to make your water regimen a 5-star experience. Buy your favorite brand or make your own at home. Just drink in moderation. Carbonation in large amounts isn’t good for your teeth.

8. Keep it nearby.

“Water, water everywhere,” should be your new motto. Make it easy to drink water – keep a bottle in your car, at your desk and at any other personal hotspots.

Drink up for a pitcher perfect you!  

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