4 Tips to Drink More Water

Summer is here, which means the temperature and humidity are on the rise in South Carolina. With such scorching, sticky weather, it’s extra important to
pay attention to hydration during summer months. We’ve all heard the adage, “drink 8 glasses of water a day.” But is that really enough?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the Daily Reference Intake for water for adults is between 2.7 to 3.7 liters per day. That means you should
really be drinking 11 to 15 cups every day!

Here are 4 tips for getting more H2O into your diet.

  • Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. A good portion of the water you lose each day is insensible water loss, which means
    it is lost through breathing or evaporation from the skin. Even though you might not realize it, you’re actually losing a lot of water while catching
    Zs. To get a jump-start on replacing that lost water, drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
  • Buy a glass water bottle. There’s no need to buy disposable water bottles every time you reach for a drink. The new trend right now
    is glass water bottles, which are sturdy, reusable, and do not contain any BPA. Keep it on your desk throughout the day to remind you to keep sipping
    all day long.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. You don’t just have to drink your water to keep hydrated. Fruits and vegetables naturally contain
    high amounts of water that your body can use to hydrate. Some fruits and veggies with notably high water contents are watermelon, strawberries,
    grapefruit, celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
  • Jazz up your water. Tired of drinking plain, old water? Add sliced fruits or herbs to infuse a light, refreshing
    flavor to your water. Or opt for a sparkling water, like seltzer or club soda, for a bubbly treat that is just as hydrating as regular water. 
Stay active, healthy and hydrated this Summer! Find healthy resources in your local community by using the Let’s Go SC searchable directory.
Find farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture programs, parks, trails, school grounds and recreational facilities.


Lauren Wright works with both the HYPE Project and Let’s Go! SC. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Nutrition at Winthrop University. Previously, she earned her BA in Political Science at the University of Florida and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda.


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