Most people do not drink enough water during the day. In fact, most Americans are in a perpetual state of dehydration. You probably know that dehydration has some pretty negative health effects such as lowering your mental clarity and increasing the likelihood of kidney stones (ouch).

Use the following creative techniques to help increase the amount of water that you drink throughout the day.

1.      Add flavor

Fruit Water

This is probably the most common way for you to drink more water. You can add flavor by using a lemon wedge a powdered flavor pack or herbs. It does not really matter as long as you like the way the water tastes… and it makes you drink more water.

One fast and easy method is to add some strawberries and blueberries to the water. This gives it a natural sugary taste. The anti-oxidants in the blueberries are also a great health benefit.

Another method is to purchase a water distiller. This will not necessarily add flavor, but it will remove some of the bad flavor from water. Check out our review of the best water distillation systems for your home here

2.      Use a high tech water bottle

Yeah, there are some high tech water bottles on the market. These will literally track every sip of water you take and send that data to your cellphone.

This means you can easily track how much water you drink. You can even put your daily water consumption on an Excel chart and turn it into a game to beat your previous high score. This concept is called “gamifying” and it works extremely well. Just look how popular videogames are with people.

3.      Keep a big jug close to you

Keeping a big jug of water near you at all times works great for increasing your water intake. All you will see is a jug of water reminding you to drink it…

Trust me, it works.

It also makes you look cool. All the cool kids always had gallon jugs of water near them.

If you don’t want a jug, then you can get a great glass bottle.

4.      Drink sparkling water or mineral water

Sparkling Water

This is another one that adds some nice flavor and taste, which should encourage you to drink water. Sparkling water is an especially good alternative to soda. You can buy it at stores or purchase your own machine.

Note: I personally don’t like sparkling water. However, I know people that swear by it, so it’s in the list to appeal to a wider audience. Try it out. You might love it.

Now, purchasing a sparkling water machine will cost some money. However, if you drink a lot of it, it will pay off in the long term.

5.      Eat fruits and vegetables that have a lot of water

Drink More Watermelon

A shortcut method to drinking a lot of water. You can eat some of the water filled fruits to increase your water consumption. Some examples include cucumbers, zucchini, and grapefruit. Oh, and watermelon, the ultimate water-rich food. I mean, the name literally has the word water in it.

It doesn’t get easier than that.

An added benefit is that these are healthy for you too. Well, fruits maybe not as healthy as vegetables. Stick to the cucumbers and zucchini if you’re really concerned about your health.

6.      Mark your water bottle

Now, one technique that has worked well for people all over the world is marking their water bottle. You simply draw level lines of when to drink.

You should drink enough water to reach that line by the specificed time. This has the added benefit of gamifying drinking water. Everyone loves to play, and win, games, which makes marking your water bottle one of the more effective techniques to drink more water.

Marking the bottles yourself is always an option. However, a few clever businesses have created water bottles with lines that mark the time of the day. It has the benefit of looking much better than some sloppy Sharpie writing. The bottles are not too expensive either. You can check them out on Amazon.

7.      Drink water at every transition

Basically, you should drink water anytime you change what you are doing. For example, if you’re sitting down and then go the bathroom, then drink a cup of water. When you leave the bathroom, drink another cup.

Going to buy dinner?

That’s a transition. Drink some water.

Walking to the refrigerator to find a snack?

Another transition. Drink a cup.

You get the point. The main benefit is that you will end up drinking a lot of water when you do this. Another one is that this actually increases your physical activity.

Killing two birds with one stone is definitely possible. Ok, not literally.

8.      Sip water

Everyone likes gulping water as fast as they can, especially when thirsty. However, this causes bloating and cramps, which can act as a deterrent to drinking more water. Just think about it, if you got sick everytime you drank water, would you drink more or less water?

We know the answer to that question 🙂

Instead, you should sip water for maximum benefit. The water will also absorb into your body much faster if you sip it.

One downside is that you have to go to the bathroom a lot. This is ok. It also gets you moving around a bit, which is good if you work a desk job.

9.      Use a drinking app

Mobile App Drink Water

Yes, someone has created a drinking app. The app will track your daily intake of water. You would be surprised how few people drink the necessary amount of water throughout the day.

Don’t be one of those people.

10. Drink before you eat

Drinking before eating is a great habit to form. First, it’s a transition point in your day, which makes it easy to remember to drink.

It also will fill your stomach with water. This means you will feel full much quicker and eat less food. You read that right, drinking water can help you lose weight. Really, that’s all the motivation that I need to drink more water.